I went to a farmer's market and bought an eggplant. I don't like eggplant. I couldn't resist its purple beauty, or maybe its sensuous texture? I don't know. All I knew was that I had an eggplant without a plan. I dimly thought I could make an eggplant lasagna, which is a travesty of lasagna, but the best I could think of for an eggplant.
I ignored the eggplant while making a giant pot of potato/cauliflower soup. This was too much soup for my freezer, so I spent time defrosting and reorganizing, contemplating a previous impulse purchase of squid. I had gone to an Italian grocery store with an Italian. Maybe I got swept up with her enthusiasm for cooking? I plunked the squid into the sink to defrost with the vague thought that squid was somewhat like clams, so maybe it would work in the potato soup like clam chowder.
I cut squid rings and lightly sautéed them. Mmm. I don't like the way squid tentacles look, so I chopped them up into indistinguishable bits, then considered my counter full of tomatoes. I got out the eggplant and considered... yep, sauce. More chopping... onions, garlic, pepper... oregano and basil from the garden... OMG! I made a wonderful, accidental thing out of food I don't really like. My dog confirmed my assessment of this sauce. She danced in ecstatic circles.
The end result is that I have a lot of healthy food, and I spent very little money. The only part that took any real time was chopping, but somebody else could've used a food processor and have been done in no time. While I chopped, I thought about young'uns who don't know how to cook. They're forever dependent on restaurants and processed foods. That's fattening, expensive, and vitamin-deficient. They'll never taste calamari eggplant sauce -- which I know they think they don't want, but they're missing out.
I worry about the health of young people. They don't seem to understand food at all. They're obviously fatter than they should be. Okay, I'm fatter than I should be too, but they're fat and malnourished. Or, they're anorexic or bulimic and malnourished. They're going to suffer unnecessarily and die too young without money in the bank.
Cooking doesn't have to be hard. Yesterday, I put a little water in a pot, added Swiss chard, put on the lid, turned on the heat... 10 minutes later, food. To tell the truth, I grazed on the chard before it was even cooked. Whatever. Swiss chard is good for you and really easy. I have a couple of squashes. Cut in half, scoop out seeds, bake until soft. Add butter. These will go in the freezer too for days that I don't feel like cooking. I nuked an ear of corn in its husk. Done. More butter.
Eat real food. Stop Monsanto from genetically modifying our food. Buy local. Buy what's in season. Grow something. Learn to cook.
BTW, I figured out why I've been especially plagued by wildlife this year. My neighbor a couple doors down used to keep a big garden, but he didn't put one in this year. I guess it's up to me to feed all the critters. To make matters worse, my groundhog got a girlfriend. She's the biggest groundhog I've ever seen, brimming with health, with a shimmering coat. She eats vegetables. My vegetables. I'll admit I took time to admire her and even forgot to send her death rays for a few minutes. My original groundhog looks at her with absolute adoration. I dread the inevitable babies, who will also be terribly cute and glistening with (my) vegetable health.