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You guys know I love my Instant Pot. You know I do. But I’m increasingly becoming aware of a serious downside to it. And I hate to bring it up but it is happening repeatedly. And I don’t know what to do about it. Here’s the downside.
No matter were we go to eat, no one likes it as much as my home-cooked food. ?
We went to the highest-rated place in Belize to eat. Complete let-down compared to what we make at home. Overcooked, bland, tough meat. I don’t know how it’s possible to overcook a piece of ham, but they managed it. The shrimp were entirely overcooked. The jerked chicken had this sauce on it, that really confused me.
I will admit, I couldn’t help myself, I said, “Well, I DID suggest bringing a Instant Pot on this vacation…”. ??
We used to enjoy going out to eat. Not anymore. So yes I was kidding, no downside but yes also true, going out to eat isn’t as much fun anymore.
I am also realizing the difference between people who cook and those who don’t. My tasters who don’t cook, their highest compliment is, “Wow, this tastes just like restaurant food”. The ones who do, have thoughts and comments about flavors, layering complexity, etc.
My 17-year old who was super picky is now my taster for everything. I joke and say he’s my “White people tester” because I use him to gauge whether people will find a recipe spicy (he can’t eat spicy food at all). It’s a joke because he’s actually half black and half white and still Indian (adopted, obviously). But I feel good that my cooking at home is giving him a nuanced sensibility for tastes and flavors. I hadn’t thought about this when I started cooking.
So I’m realizing how my joy in cooking is also impacting my son, and how it’s changing not just his taste buds, but also his perspective. I cook because I enjoy it and it relaxes me. But it’s changed things for my son, and for that, I’m grateful.