As someone who cooks a lot I get asked questions all the time. I mean, finding a way to answer cooking questions was the main reason I started this blog way back when. However, lately I’m getting asked questions that in all honesty I can’t even stomach responding to anymore.
Are you ready to see some of my attitude shine through? #sorrynotsorry
PSA: I don’t judge you do what works for you, these opinions are based on my experience and lifestyle.
Are you going to get an instapot?
No. First of all it’s not instant, you still need to wait for it to come up to pressure, which can take up to 40 minutes. It’s basically just a flashy pressure cooker. I already have a really basic pressure cooker that does the same thing. Next I don’t really love the textures of things cooked at high pressures, similar to things in the crockpot. Don’t get me wrong I love having a crockpot but in all honesty we don’t actually use it that often. Finally, I hate that you can’t adjust the seasonings until the end of the cooking process. Sometimes that extra little simmer once a spice is added makes all the difference.
Are you going to try grocery delivery?
Big NOPE. Short of medical complications I will not be using grocery delivery ever. I love grocery shopping. I love getting inspired by unexpected produce or sales happening in the store. I also tend to error on the side of local, organic, which is much easier to find and cheaper at the farmers market. There’s no delivery for that.
Honestly, the idea that able-bodied people are leaning on this so much disturbs me. It’s bad enough that no one knows their local farmers anymore, but now they don’t even know their local grocery. What exactly are we sacrificing for “convenience”? Putting so much pressure on ourselves, with work, school and activities that we don’t feel like we even have time to go to the grocery store seems like too much.
Have you heard of bone broth?
OMG its broth. Just because you add a word doesn’t make it something fancy. Broth is the base of so much cooking it’s crazy to think that most people don’t know or have never made it before. How could this even be a thing? I’m shocked and disgusted by this idea. It’s like the pet rock all over again (or Parks and Rec “the hottest new craze beef milk”). Take something so stinking simple and slap a name (maybe some googly eyes) on it that people will think it’s amazing.
Have you tried adding French Onion soup mix?
Dear God no. I will never add that, or ranch, or whatever other conglomerate of packet mixes you can come up with (the exception is while backpacking). There is enough salt and fake garbage in those things for a lifetime. I do not want that on my food. It takes me less than 2 minutes to chop an onion and I’m fine with that.
Will you ever go full vegetarian or vegan?
Nope. Though, I often avoid meat products, especially in public settings, where I’m pretty sure the animals were not ethically raised, that doesn’t mean I’m interested in becoming vegetarian. It is my belief that we are for the most part not meant to be vegetarian. I know of some cultures that are vegetarian or vegan and have even centuries ago been able to maintain a healthy population. These are groups of people that have developed systems with their local environment and style of eating that makes it possible. This is not the case for all cultures or regions of the world. Additionally, without maintaining some lives stock we will lose certain types of ecosystems, including large swaths of land and animal species that could have huge effects the planet over. I would argue that we as a society could do more to eat more ethically and sustainably. I fully support those that have chosen a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian etc. lifestyle as every thoughtful conscience decision is a step in the right direction.
Will you get a cow/goats/lamb when you find your farm?
Again no. Our lifestyle does not allow us to maintain animals that require daily attention. Cows, need to be fed, milked etc. daily, sometimes 2x a day. We travel often and unless we can afford regular farmhands this just isn’t in the cards for us. Luckily chickens are fine if left with food and water for a few days, and we live in an area abundant with local organic farms.