It’s been said that cooking a meal for one is one of the most difficult challenges a chef encounters. They cite measuring obstacles, portion doubts, paring problems and presentation apathy.
I think the challenge is almost 100% psychological. We think of eating alone as a sad experience, although research has shown otherwise. I’ve wrote about how I believe eating, inherently social, fuels my spirit because I feel known and connected. Yet, in the past few weeks, my current craving involves a great book of essays about eating alone. I am inspired to consider how solo meal preparation and pleasure has the potential to truly nourish the most deprived parts of myself.
A few times a year, I’ll slurp down Oriental style Ramen Noodles, something my mom made for me when I was sick growing up and I’d never share with some one else. You may say “gross!” and if so, kindly keep your judgement to yourself. I don’t want you to see me during the inhalation of fried dough strands and salt.
What do you eat when you eat alone?Some people crave something that is a snap to prepare (a bowl of cereal, a PBJ), others long for something loved that others don’t have a passion for (brussel sprouts), or salivate over something “forbidden” (cookies from prepared dough, Kraft Mac N Cheese) and still others hunger for….others to help them figure out what to eat. They don’t know.
The challenge is to prepare a meal for just you. It could be take out set out on china plates. It could be noodles “with grape jelly.” It could be something you have never tried, or something that you remember from your childhood. Make an effort to prepare and eat the meal without distraction: no reading, no music, no internet, no tv…just the best company of your life: you. End the meal with a toast to honor it.
If you accept this Special K Challenge, you might be awarded a signed copy of this cook book! Just comment here saying what you would eat alone (entry option #1) and/or send me the recipe (entry option #2) and/or then actually make the meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and post on your site with a link back here (entry option #3) by NEXT MONDAY, the 3rd. I’ll pick three recipes to post up on Tuesday and have veiwers vote on.
Your meal be special, or it may not be…but it will be YOURS.
If you’d like to see my ME meal, check out my Hummus Habernero Burgers I concoted last night.
Happy ME mealing!