This will sound like an insane rant from a rambling drunk autistic having a nightmare.
It's see strange how antxieties (spelling ok ?) from the day enter our dreams and turn them into nightmares.
I am a poor cook and often buy ready made meals to microwave.
Yesterday, instead of buying a complete meal for one. I decided to buy and cook the components separately.
In a cheap supermarket I saw cut price, cooked chicken slices and cut price sauce which included veg and spices.
I measured, washed and cooked my own rice. (I hate the overpriced precooked packages of rice which just need microwave).
I read the chicken instructions carefully. I'm terrified of getting food poisoning again. It was pre cooked, cooled and packed in a vacuum. Packaged in UK but sourced from Brazil. Why Brazil? I thought we had enough chickens here in the UK.
My anxiety levels went through the roof. Is the meat safe am I going to get poisoning
Ate the whole meal and during the night my nightmares started.
I was shopping at two shops or was I running a shop ? A rival had cheaper bacon because the had a cheaper source. My shop burnt down or did it explode because of a chemical reaction in the food. Iot food from the new source, is it clean? I don't know? How did the shop explode/burn down? Which town was I in ? What year is it?
Where am I?
I was food poisoned on Monday. It was a lamb / potato / carrot ready meal. Painful symptoms worsen every morning.
With food poisoning and norovirus which has similar symptoms of diarrhea and stomach cramps.
The best treatment is no food and only drinking clean water for at least 24 hours.
Robert123 said:I am a poor cook and often buy ready made meals to microwave.
I also have this problem.
I am extremely poor cook and I buy ready made meals to microvave.
I often eat unhealthy.
Do not know what to do with this.
Part of my cooking ignorance is due to my mother, who had a cooking obsession.
She cooked everything from original indredients and spent most of her working life in restaurant kitchens.
She did all the cooking and food preparation at home and her attitude and reaction to other people in the kitchen was, get out, stop interfering, mind your own business etc.
When I was a teenager, I worked part-time in a supermarket to earn a bit of pocket money. It was a very educational experience(!)
I very soon reached the point where I could not bring myself to eat any frozen food, because of the things I had seen. It took months before I could face anything like ice-cream.
I learned then that putting your food supply into the hands of others may not be a wise thing to do - but I still couldn't cook...
Do you have access to a slow cooker?
There are recipes like these where you just chuck everything in and let it get on with it: https://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/25-dump-and-go-slow-cooker-recipes/
Tiny rice cooker for one or two persons: www.amazon.co.uk/.../
If you don't have a way of measuring the right amount of water, there's a little trick to help you:
After you've washed the rice a few times, add enough water so that when you touch the surface of the rice with your thumb, the water level comes about half-way up your thumbnail (you hold your hand with the thumb pointing downwards, like a roman emperor). Then put the rice on to boil, followed by simmering until you can't see any steam escaping (10 to 20 minutes or so). Switch off the heat and leave the rice to sit in the pot for a couple more minutes, so that it steams in the remaining moisture.
Have you considered switching to a raw or mainly raw diet?
Do you remove your thumb before boiling the rice?! hahahaaa :-D
I’m moving towards a mainly raw vegan diet, not because I can’t cook because I can and I love cooking, but there’s everything else that goes with it and currently, my energy levels etc are low so I realised that if I eat mainly raw, I will be able to spend less time preparing food, thinking about it etc and there will be less dishes to wash etc, so I can give my energy to something else. I’m currently in the process (still) of setting up a daily routine and have decided I’ll have my main cooked meal for breakfast (I don’t mind eating dinner for breakfast, when you’ve lived in India, all rules of what to eat and at what time, go out of the window) and if I’m going to cook, I’d rarher it be in a morning. Eating at least one raw meal a day is highly beneficial anyways and if I want anything else to eat (at tea time) I’ll have a massive bowl of fruit and maybe some soya yoghurt with chocolate and nut granola with some extra chocolate chopped up and added and maybe some raw cocoa added to the yoghurt to make it chocolate flavour ~ this is one of my fav meals, especially with a ton of juicy mango :)
I try to eat a varied balance.
Breakfast I prepare at home. A choice of cereals with milk or boiled eggs, or fried bacon & eggs.
Lunch sometimes at home, other times a pub meal if I'm in the city centre. My current favourite is a carvery with choice of meat (chicken, pork, gammon, turkey) with Chips, roast or mashed and several vegetables. All for under £5. Or a £2 box meal from Morrison's, chicken & chips which I eat sitting on a park bench.
Evening dinner, at home raw salad with eggs or pork slices, or a microwave meal.
Sometimes I buy Chinese takeaway or traditional fish and chips.