HELP, Bored with Food and Need Inspiration!

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by bigolddog, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. bigolddog

    bigolddog

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    For the past 30 years I have cooked just about everything and anything. I spoil my family to extremes with food and have invested years in the kitchen with my passion for food and cooking.  

    The problem is I’m bored stiff with everything I have cooked in the past and nothing really excites me anymore. Where does one find that kick start when the passion for something they love is lacking.

    I’ve always wanted to learn more about French haute cuisine but again, my craving to cook has fizzled.
     
  2. cheflayne

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    I look to other countries and far flung locales for the cuisine of the indigenous people. In particular the street food; and that usually gets my creative juices flowing again.
     
  3. eastshores

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    I have far fewer years in the kitchen than you but I recently posted a similar question on reddit's cooking forum. The overwhelming answer is, there is less diversity in food than one would think. Even if you look towards foods like African influences, you'll find that Arab and then Indian.. it's all so very similar. Nothing new under the sun. French techniques run rampant in other cuisines. We really are limited when it comes to ways to "cook" food.

    I'd ask in 30 years of cooking what cuisines have you pursued? Nordic was another that came up as different. Asian also.. beyond what we know as typical Asian. That is.. there are many variations and they are not necessary similar.

    What I've been doing as a way to get out of the kitchen and continue to explore food is revisit artisanal methods of bread making, pickling, curing meats, etc. There is an entire world to delve into that while not technically involving a finished dish.. certainly affords people whom are hungry for new and exciting challenges their due projects.
     
  4. koukouvagia

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    Step out of your own kitchen for a while, that always remedies my boredom.  Or sign up for a cooking class in your area, or better yet, a baking class!  Or try to host a cooking class at your home and invite friends.  Teaching someone else to do things help you look at all those tedious tasks from the eyes of someone who's never done it before.
     
  5. foodnfoto

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    Do some local food tourism. Seek out some local food artisans who are producing wonderful food items, growing unique fruits and vegetables or raising livestock in progressive ways. These folks always inspire me. Go to a bunch of different farmers' markets. This is a good place to find them.