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?
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.
To "California", mainly...
Back in the 1980s (...y'know, those Dark Ages before "Internet Forums" like this one...), there was a thing known as "A Square Meal". A Square Meal entailed: Carbohydrates + Protein + Vegetables. (E.G. - Potatoes or Rice + Beef or Chicken + Something Green.)
Have a go at buying things which are like these, and where you feel "unhealthy", buy something separate and eat that as well, not necessarily cooking it with regards to Fish and Greens. Cooking removes a lot of nutrients, which is why I myself prefer Fish and Vegetables Raw. Never mind the "taste", it is the Minerals which are needed...
I prefer that someone else can add to (or counter) this advice, yet this advice is a start, maybe... if this is indeed a sort of "Cooking" Thread...?
I also am not a good cook. Too many ingredients and steps and I get flustered. I'm very much a one casserole dish/frying pan or Wok/saucepan and chuck it all in merchant. Occasionally I use a slow cooker.
I eat some ready meals and also things like sausages with a pack of microwave rice or breaded chicken pieces with the rice. I've yet to find a way to incorporate veg into the meal. I don't like/find it difficult to peel and cut fresh veg. I have frozen veg but find it hard to coordinate to do the veg with the meal.