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    I was reading a paragraph or two in USAA magazine about how people do "retail therapy" to cheer them up.

    Women, it is clothes, house furnishings, furniture. Men, though, too do it, often with electronics and food.

    That last one caught my attention, food. Why should it be that?

    Because of the way one is conditioned in the military about food? Either not having enough or being subject to perhaps poor cooks? Or perhaps remembering, rightly or wrongly, that the food was the best of the experience? Perhaps it was being able to make out like a bandit at the commissary?

    Admittedly, while I am thrifty and lazy with most things to buy, I do buy a lot of food. I think it is primarily because cooking gives me joy, that I've learned that if you can cook and cook well, you will always have a place in the community, or perhaps.........................with what a joy the upperclassman system TAMU made eating, I learned the economics of having a stockpile somewhere.

    Don't know, more on this later, but wanted to get this out there for people to chew on.

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    Men spend most of their waking hours thinking about sex, food, and machinery (guns/cars/bikes/tools/chainsaws/etc.).

    Not necessarily in that order depending on time of the day.

    We are uncomplicated.

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    • #3
      Then we go to sleep.
      No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

      To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Doktor View Post
        Then we go to sleep.
        And dream about sex, food, and chainsaws.

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        • #5
          Me, a lot of what I see in the literature I read, my mind focuses on the mention of the food and how it is done.

          Ie, in the ST novel, "Battlestations!", McCoy makes himself the mess officer on an irregular ship. There's Neelix, always cooking. Piper of Charmed. Karl Hansen's "Dream Games".

          I learned to using lentils in my diet by reading of Robyn Davidson's trek by camel across the Aussie outback. Hold images from Nat'l Geographic fondly in my memory of Robin Lee Graham stocking up on cans during one of his layovers or a section about cod fishermen where it is always fish for dinner on the mothership but that with different spices, the cook makes it seem like a different meal.

          And, like I said, once I found out about it, did make off like a bandit buying out of the commissary when I started cooking for myself.

          I made a wonderful tasting version of Moors and Christians the other day when I added a cup of Russo's Chardonnay to the boiling liquid. I love salmon with dill. Two things I seek out in Big Lots are the spices and the teas.

          Fictional stories of garrison commanders who stock pile and real stories of sub crews eating their way through supplies meant for Corregidor, to say nothing of forest rangers, have encouraged me to keep my pantry stuffed to the gills.

          These days, there are my dry goods, my refrigerated goods, and my canned goods. I try to eat mostly of my dry and refrigerated stores first, keeping my canned goods as an out of work backup. Works best with canned pastas and meals, not so great with canned fish, meats, powdered cheese, or tomato paste.

          I suppose it might all come from some fantasy of what people must think when they see my shopping cart. Ie, "I wish I could cook like that".

          Probably similar to when they see me wine shopping. Ie, "Now, there's a friend I wish I had!".

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          • #6
            Tamara do you have electricity in your barn/cabin/ranch?

            If yes, then you could get a proper deep freezer (-20 and below) and cook up base stuff in quantity and freeze it.

            Dirrerent deep frozen foods keep differently over different freeze-thaw cycles though. But it could potentially save you the drudgery of cooking something everyday.

            I like eating more than cooking. So my suggestions would be colored accordingly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sated buddha View Post
              Tamara do you have electricity in your barn/cabin/ranch?

              If yes, then you could get a proper deep freezer (-20 and below) and cook up base stuff in quantity and freeze it.

              Dirrerent deep frozen foods keep differently over different freeze-thaw cycles though. But it could potentially save you the drudgery of cooking something everyday.

              I like eating more than cooking. So my suggestions would be colored accordingly.
              Right now, the only thing in place is the well. It is the only thing in place with power, solar.

              It is house plan after house plan here, dream after dream. Why, just the other night I was thinking maybe in order to get out there soon, I ought to build some kind of dome house......with starfish legs extending from it. That is, a place to live for the pets and I and then have storage "arms" out from it for all the various components of my life. Anyhow................

              The other day, I was thinking of making a stew, but the day was a little bit complicated. So I made the Moors & Christians (mine, brown rice, black beans, black eyed peas). The good think about that is that it cooks up pretty quick, clean up is easy, and it is tasty and nourishing.

              But.....can't have it every day. Have to watch the gas intake. So today I had two sandwiches. A steak one for the main meal and then an avocado one before I came into work.

              One thing about freezing stuff is that I have moved away from having a microwave oven, at least for now. Tossed my last one in the trash a few weeks ago, not sure when I will get a new one.

              In any event, a chest freezer is in the plans for some day......just don't know which day.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tamara View Post
                Right now, the only thing in place is the well. It is the only thing in place with power, solar.

                It is house plan after house plan here, dream after dream. Why, just the other night I was thinking maybe in order to get out there soon, I ought to build some kind of dome house......with starfish legs extending from it. That is, a place to live for the pets and I and then have storage "arms" out from it for all the various components of my life. Anyhow................

                The other day, I was thinking of making a stew, but the day was a little bit complicated. So I made the Moors & Christians (mine, brown rice, black beans, black eyed peas). The good think about that is that it cooks up pretty quick, clean up is easy, and it is tasty and nourishing.

                But.....can't have it every day. Have to watch the gas intake. So today I had two sandwiches. A steak one for the main meal and then an avocado one before I came into work.

                One thing about freezing stuff is that I have moved away from having a microwave oven, at least for now. Tossed my last one in the trash a few weeks ago, not sure when I will get a new one.

                In any event, a chest freezer is in the plans for some day......just don't know which day.
                I have a friend in Seattle who has bought some mountain forest land next to a lake. He is also building a wood cabin there and clearing trees and stuff. Laying foundation in concrete and has the mixer and other necessary stuff on site.

                Its coming along pretty nice. And he is doing it all on his own.

                Later he has more ambitious plans like you.

                Point is, till the cabin becomes habitable, he has a trailer permanently parked on site with a generator (and chemical toilet), which he lives in on the weekends when he is on site working on the cabin. Then he covers up, locks up, and drives back to the city for the work week.

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                • #9
                  Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Food figures as a basic need and our behaviors react accordingly. In situations where food may not be as plentiful or good as it could be, it takes on an added value in our minds. We think of comforting foods, holiday meals from childhood, our mother's cooking. Looking at fictional books written by people who experienced war, the way they talk about food is distinct. Since my kids are into LOTR, we've read those books recently and CS Lewis as well. Both Lewis and Tolkien were WW1 vets and experienced deprivation and horrific combat. In their books, unexpected meals and homely meals are a staple of each new adventure the characters get into. I think that is because those needs were in danger and they were under great stress, so the way they thought and looked at food reflected that. Stresses in other areas can cause more interest in your tier of basic needs as your body tries to reassure itself. When I had kids, fears about work, mortgage, etc took on a more prominent role because I have a family to worry about so I also started eating more and gained weight. Granted, I love cooking- it's good to control what goes into your food and it saves money over buying prepared food or eating out. But it's also something that reassures a basic need when a higher tier need may be more difficult to address or identify. The difference between men and women in this regard is that men get hungry, see the mammoth and immediately pull out their forks and throw rocks at the mammoth. Women seek to develop relationships and networks so they have a team to go after the mammoth. Caveat, I have no formal training in behavior other than a little basic information that I've gleaned out of management/leadership classes, basic medical training for EMT and what I've read in general and I know Maslow has lost value in recent years, but I still think 90% of behavior comes from your body's reaction to it's physiological needs and immediate environment. The other 10% is character you build yourself and are influenced in by the people you have had contact with and events you have been involved in and isn't set until the first 90% is reasonably secure.
                  By the way, do you have a particular food style you are interested in?

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                  • #10
                    I hate Maslow.

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                    • #11
                      My smartphone is not that smart it seems. No autoparagraph

                      My eyes bleed.
                      No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

                      To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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                      • #12
                        I failed the paragraph portion of English back in 3rd grade.
                        I also speak that way- at least until I'm out of breath. :red:

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                        • #13
                          About food styles?

                          No, not really, aside from more stove top and oven from scratch and less and less, microwave and pre processed.

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                          • #14
                            Stocking up on ready to fry frozen munchies this weekend (kids and holidays), got a different brand of Venky's sausages than the usual cocktail ones we buy. These ones when fried, when you cut/bite into them, an inner core of heated semi liquid cheese oozes out (or gets squeezed out like toothpaste from a tube .....). Weird and not very nice.

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                            • #15
                              It's not coffee unless you grind it yourself!

                              Thoughts?

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