The food snob
It’s pretty well known by those who are close to me that I’m (shall we say) particular about food. Ask any of my former co-workers — they’ll corroborate these work stories.
While the others ate left-over spaghetti, to-go or frozen food at the lunch table, I was prepping fresh gremolata to sprinkle on the leftover lamb shanks or Oyakodon that I spent hours preparing the night before.
Whenever an impromptu group lunch outing was being planned, inevitably, someone (usually Nathan) would say, “Ask Ken where he wants to go — he’s the picky one.” It was understood that he meant, “…he’s the pretentious food nerd.” But it was really a playful label of endearment. I think because I didn’t have children to occupy my time (or talk about at lunch), I compensated with culinary adventures.
These stories are sensationalized a bit. Certainly I ate plenty of junk and fast food back then too. Nor was I the only one who ate well from time to time. I seriously doubt I was really pretentious about food (or music). That was just one of my fun personas in the office. We all exploited and enjoyed each other’s idiosyncrasies. Now that I am not employed, I look back with fond memories of an irreverent bunch of co-workers that became as familiar as… family.
Anyway, back on track with a story of my continued food snobbery.
I was disappointed that the free snacks provided at today’s brain tumor support group meeting were unhealthy, junk foods as usual. No one but me cared. I planned ahead though and brought my own fresh fruit on which to nibble.
Pictured on this post is my first attempt at making a healthy sweet treat — raw brownies. Pecans, dates, raw cacao powder and a touch of agave nectar — that’s it. No cooking involved. They’re yummy.
So instead of gastronomic flamboyance, my food-snobbery now is more about advocating healthier eating.
By popular request, here’s a link to the recipe from the Rawtarian website: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe/
Interesting that the two pecan halves together resemble a brain. I’ve read that pecans are considered “brain food.” Your brownies look sinfully delicious, a “smart” healthy treat.
I will never forget your amazing culinary inventions! Love and Miss you Ken!
interesting that the support group attendees do not link brain health and over all health with good nutrition.
It seems to me like a majority of the population aren’t too concerned with good nutrition being important to over all health. Quick, cheap, convenient and tasty take priority.
I also miss eating lunch with everyone at Max. It was always fun conversation and we could not wait to see what Ken was bringing to lunch everyday. Fun times!