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Lost Cooking Skills: Need Help Relearning Basics

littleoc

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I have brain damage and forget things easily once there's a break in my routine. Once I have that break, it is very stressful to reintroduce activities (due to autism, ADHD, executive dysfunction, multiple processing disorders, problems with memory, etc.).

I had a severe break a couple of years ago lasting into today, and the result is that I've forgotten how to cook and prepare food. It'd causing significant issues in my daily life. I am trying to gain weight (in muscle preferably but I'm not trying to lose weight, is my point).

Things I do remember:
- how to brown butter
- the concept of. what's it called. soaking the meat overnight in a mixture, whatever that's called
- how to microwave veggies. I forgot how to steam though, somehow....? But can use stove top.
- concept of a frying pan
- how to make rice
- how to chop most veggies or how to look it up
- that I used to get produce at a chain store called Kroger after the local butcher shop was shut down
- how to make eggs
- how to toast toast (toaster is currently on a broken circuit)
- how to make yogurt drinks
- how to make quiche, mostly
- how to heat frozen chicken nuggets (I used to make them in a sauce, not sure but might be able to remember how with time)
- how to follow directions for boxed noodles
- that I used to start the day with oatmeal,

Things I'm struggling to remember:
- how to start cooking
- meal times? Meal sizes?
- what do I eat?
- how do I get ingredients for food? Like how do I know what ingredients to get before I know what I need to eat?
- ???

I'm just struggling a lot. If someone who feels like it could send me some tips as if I were right years old, just as you do them or think of them, I'd really appreciate it

There's already a thread for recipes, so if you write out a recipe you can put it there for everyone, because I do see those and I don't want to have hidden secret special recipes in two different threads lol (I can't tell you what to do, though 😆)

Thanks for anything and anyone ❤️
 
I quickly found out that this cannot be steak—no Jordan Peterson diet for me—even ground is kind of kicking me in the wallet but I’m hoping 🤞 that eating this stuff more frequently will pay off in my energy levels and clearing brain fog—we’ll see.
‘Round here it’s incredibly difficult to find corn finished beef. Grass finished (and angry/scared/unhappy stress hormone acrid) is the norm. It is such a tremendous difference when the last few weeks of a cows life are eating candy, no-stress-living, and humanely killed.

There are a few ranches, in state, that make their cattle’s last weeks euphoric for them; but most are just grass fed/finished/abattoir/next!

Back when I had the SUV & DeepFreeze, it was worth driving a few hundred miles into cattle country, and buyin a quarter (or even an eighth, which is still a couple hundred pounds) direct from the ranch. $5 per pound, on average, instead of $9.99 for ground beef, and $15-25 for actual/better cuts at any grocery store. Restaurant Supply (local) kinda/sorta splits the difference; I can buy 40lb of virtually any cut for about $8 per pound. But it means defrosting, cutting, & refreezing. And I’m in someone else’s house, without a deepfreeze, so selling THEM on the savings? Needs more than math. Maybe a miracle. I’ve all but given up that particular fight. Even if it would save them a minimum of 2k per year, and over 5k if they’d let me put an $80 deep freeze in the garage. But they look at the $12 per year in increased electricity, and just ignore how much beef they eat, and say “No! That’s just ridiculous!” (Brick wall. Bang head.).

Shrug.

Picking battles? Priceless.
 
I want to cook quiche and blueberry banana pancakes today, but unfortunately I could not do it. No energy today. Maybe the pancakes later though -- just, the thought of chopping an onion is overwhelming right now

ETA: gonna garden in a video game and listen to music and see if it helps me be able to prep 1 onion lol
 
I want to cook quiche and blueberry banana pancakes today, but unfortunately I could not do it. No energy today. Maybe the pancakes later though -- just, the thought of chopping an onion is overwhelming right now

ETA: gonna garden in a video game and listen to music and see if it helps me be able to prep 1 onion lol
Don’t forget… pancakes freeze like a dream, and come back to life in a toaster. Something you cooked 3mo ago, and froze for later? Still cooking for yourself.

Quiche freezes okay-ish IF AND ONLY IF the fat content is reeeeeally high. Whole/heavy cream, lots of cheeses, maybe some fatty meats (bacon/sausage).

I’ve been trying to make pancakes for 3 months. Still haven’t hit the “Yep! I’m doing this!” Used to be able to make them every week, with leftovers for toasters, no worries. Right now? Ain’t happening. Which? Happens.
 
I’ve been trying to make pancakes for 3 months.
Big bag of Krusteaz mix. 1-1 with cold water. Also make waffles - which work well in a toaster too. Cook them on a Dash appliances mini griddle. Cooks both sides at the same time for pancakes. Use their mini waffle maker too. And you are right - make a recipe - freeze em.
When your want to, stick em in the toaster and top with ice cream and away you go.....

Strangely the other thing I used to do was wok cooking. Prep everything, put it in prep bowls in order it got added away we go. Prep takes more time than cooking for most of what I make - and you can do the prep all day. Cut this, cut that, just a few minutes at a time.
 
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