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Old 08-02-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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Does cooking soothe your soul?

I find many of the threads where someone asks "what is your favourite..." or "what is your background/knowledge/interest of a certain subject" quite interesting. So, I decided I would try one.

When I am really stressed or down I find that baking or cooking really soothes me. It is where I can really find myself again....specially if I am making something for others.

The thing that most calms me is baking cookies. I have been known to get up and bake 12 dozen chocolate chip cookies (I have a convection oven and KA pro mixer) at midnight because I can't sleep.....and then give them away to the nieghbours grandchildren or our youth group. There are always cookies in my freezer.

How about you - does cooking soothe your soul and is there any particular thing that works best?

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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Baking except for bread sets my teeth on edge. But let me make my pasta gravy or make the filling for stuffed onions and I'm happy as a clam. I adore the smells and really making the pasta gravy brings so many memories a smile replaces any frowns. It relaxes me and I adore the smells. It's time consuming but it erases and unhappiness. My home filled with good food is my top priority. Great topic Laurie.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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I don't do any baking at all, I think mainly because it takes real concentration, and when I need my soul soothed I don't concentrate well at all. I really admire those who bake well.
Cooking is another story, and it often is very soothing to me. Often, if I'm upset about something I'll cook something that takes a lot of chopping....whack, whack, whack.......it works wonders.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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I usually zen out staring at the flames and the glows of coals during a cook.
I can never get this feeling in an indoor kitchen. I also don't like to have people around me when I'm in this state of mind.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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I'm not sure I'd describe it as soothing my soul.

When I'm doing a lot of cooking or preparing a new and complex recipe, I find I have to really concentrate and that forces all other thoughts out of my head for a while. That is usually (but not always) followed by a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction occasionally followed by compliments.

Now THAT makes me feel good.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #6
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Yup! Slicing, dicing, chopping, mixing, cooking... better than a Valium for me! :)
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:44 PM   #7
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i adore making food & giving food to others. & cooking's a distraction that diverts me from stressors for a few. i'm adept @ several types of foods; i luv cooking soups as they allow for many adaptations. they're very easily stored, too. & they can be thinned or thickened so well, or adapted using stocks or soup-bases. they could be made of potato or of tomato or of cheese or of yesterday's dinner or of noodles & broth. & a few cheese rinds tossed into a simple veggie/veggie-beef soup is heaven on earth!
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Wow, some great answers! I am afraid if I am too stressed I avoid the chopping and dicing...I might get too carried away LOL!!!!
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:10 AM   #9
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hey, laurie, if ya slice/dice too many foods, a foodsaver is a great item for that! :)
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:48 AM   #10
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I find cooking to be the ultimate in relaxation, even if I am running around trying to get everything done at the same time. There's bad stress and good stress...cooking, for me, is all good. It's very cathartic.

I feel my best when starting with a pot of water and adding to it to make stock, then adding more to create a one of a kind soup.
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