It’s Friday again, awesome Moxie-Dude readers!
And ever since my culinary experience this week, I’ve been going through all my old magazines. Only this time I’ve actually been reading the recipes instead of skipping over them and I’ve come to realize that the world is just full of contradictions.
For one thing women’s magazines, while half-filled with recipes, they’re also half-filled with tips on how to lose weight. Now is it just me, or is this a double message?
Message #1: COOK, EAT AND BE MERRY! It’s the latest in super-hot-trendiness!!!
Message #2: YOU’RE FAT!!! Only consume water. And go jog or something!!!
Another contradiction is the time management issue.
Message #1: Make this super-complicated recipe with 136 ingredients and you’ll be the most popular gal on your block.
Message #2: How to fit _____________________ (fill in blank) into your already busy day. Right after you come home from work, finish the laundry, cut the grass and darn all the socks with holes in them.
Note from the hamster: What are you talking about? You don’t even know HOW to darn. In fact, you don’t even own thread.
Note to the hamster: I’m talking METAPHORICALLY. Wherein “darning” represents everything else we do in a day. Stop distracting me, hamster.
But then I’m thinking that maybe contradictions are exactly what the art of cooking is all about. Maybe in chef-speak contradiction = creative.
Like when you combine corn on the cob with lemon. Or mackerel with buffalo yogurt. Or pork with clams. I ate ALL of these things the other day and they tasted AMAZING.
And you know what? I already do that! Only when I combine bizarro ingredient #1 with what-were-you-thinking ingredient #2, it just never works out the way I planned it in my head.
Note from the hamster: Hence the reason why we have RECIPES.
Yeah, and about those recipes. I just want to point out that while the end result of a glossy, full-colour recipe may look great when taken with a professional camera, perfect lighting and the right Martha Stewart-like finishing touches like parsley that looks like a mini bonsai tree, it NEVER comes out looking like the pictures.
Although this may be just me.
Note from the hamster: It’s just you.