I am one of those people who can eat the same thing day in and day out for months on end until I become so sick of it that the very thought of the food turns my stomach.
But man, those several month love affairs with my food of the moment are really enjoyable.
When I was a little girl, I loved hot dogs. Yes, hot dogs. I could never get enough hot dogs. My parents said it was my favorite meal, and I wanted to eat hot dogs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This must have been a very, very long time ago because I am now 25, and I cannot remember the last time I ate a hot dog. And, to be honest, I am not really that into hot dogs. I must have enjoyed them too much when I was a child that I ate my fill for a lifetime.
And then there was the cereal phase that lasted a good portion of high school and college. My favorite thing to do was mix a variety of cereals into one mega monster cereal meal. Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Granola, Wheat Chex, All Bran, and a sprinkling of Cheerios for good measure. This would be a delicious meal, maybe toss in some banana, too, or walnuts, and presto, a delicious feast to eat out of a bowl, making it also portable.
In college I would make these cereal concoctions in a Styrofoam cup meant for drinks, so I could take my Mega Cereal Creations with me to the library. And I ate these cereal blends semester after semester. You can ask my roommates. I am pretty sure they thought one of these days I was going to turn into Shredded Wheat.
Then I left college and probably because my body ached for something that was, I do not know, maybe from the produce aisle, I launched into salads. Not just any salad. No, no. This was of course of my own creation, and I ate it everyday for lunch for well over a year. It consisted of baby greens, walnuts, raisins, feta cheese, and a blend of balsamic and olive oil. And it was delicious, so delicious. Then, of course, one random day after eating this salad for well over a year, I could not look it in the face again without inducing my gag reflex.
So then I moved on to chickpeas. Yes, chickpeas. I loved them so much, Dan used to buy the 10 pound can of them from Costco. This was bar far my cheapest food obsession as a 10 pound can only costs about $2.00. And what did I do with the chickpeas, you ask? Well, I made another salad ? this time chickpeas, tomatoes, ham, pine nuts, and feta. And of course I proceeded to eat that for well over a year for lunch every single day. It was so scrumptiously filling and so easy to make. (I think part of my food obsessions come to be because I am lazy and not so good in the kitchen, so it has to be only what I can ?assemble.?) In true form I feasted on my chickpea salad until one day at lunch I took one look at it and then decided I could not eat one more chickpea salad if my life depended on it.
I should probably learn by now to diversify my food before I get into another one of my year long+ food obsessions. Does anyone else do this? Do you get sick of something just after a few rounds with it or could you eat it for the foreseeable future? Does anyone else get stuck in these food ruts?
I am getting concerned because I recently discovered Quaker Oat Quakes Rice Cake snacks. They are little rice cakes in just about any flavor you can think of ? apple cinnamon, kettle corn, cheddar cheese, ranch. And they are so, so good. So good I have taken to eat the bag as a lunch. For the past several days. This is how it starts. Before I know it, I will be running to Safeway to load up on these rice cakes to get my fix. No substitutions will do. For now, it is rice cakes or bust. You know, until I eat just one too many, and I never want to see that Quaker Oat symbol ever again.