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I read the topic on single cooking and I had a morbit thought "suppose that is as Good as it Gets". I thought am I to think single servings for the duration? My answer to that is I may have single servings for a long time but I will not give up on hoping to share. Being my own worse critic I tend to micro everyone I meet which leads to the single servings. I know it is a little too late to change but I am trying to be a little more receptive. In the mean time I cook large and freeze often just in case I allow company. Another remedy is I go to the Whole Food and shop at the buffet which is wholesome and I can eat off of my meals usally for a week.
I think single meals indicate acceptance and ever though it seems I am off the dating circuit I refuse to think that this is as good as it gets. I go out more, I am trying to join my group sessions because suppose Mr. Right is tired of opening cans as well? Just a thought glad I am not alone!
I hope everyone is well. I found this group because of this topic and joined immediately. It really struck close to home. I can sympathize with Debster. I am reasonably comfortable single. Self sufficiency can be satisfying. You always hope there is someone for you, but as I mature, either I am getting fussier or less attractive.
When I was first divorced I did a lot of dating and entertaining. As time went on I found myself having less patience with some of the demands of my "friends". At the same time I was diagnosed pre-diabetic. I had always eaten reasonably healthy, but now had to control the type of food, the way it was prepared and "PORTION SIZE". My particular downfall was refined carbs, white rice, potatoes, bread etc. As I started to really convert my diet, this eliminated more people interested in being guests. This also reduced the opportunities to eat outside of my kitchen. No hostess appreciates a guest picking at food because it is restricted in the guests diet.
I now have a core of friends that enjoy or at least tolerate my menus. Most are not close so we only get together for major events. I had 12 people in the house for Thanksgiving. That is a challenge, 1600 sp.ft. 1 bed, 1 couch and bookcases everywhere. I collect cookbooks.
I have some traditions that I still try to maintain. When I was married Friday night was pizza or calzone night, with homemade dough. Saturday nights were romance nights, which involved a more gourmet menu than was usual. tonights menu was a rosemary, garlic marinated lamb chop, roasted purple potato and sautee' broccoli rabe and 2 glasses of a great Washington cabernet. I have not been a fan of takeout or prepared foods for many years. If you read the label, it can be scary.
I have tried to make myself more available. I try to go to many different types of venues. But a single man is like a blinking yellow light, WARNING WARNING WARNING, at many of these events.
All I can say after all of my ramblings is stop opening cans. Prepare and eat local, organic if possible, fresh ingredients and enjoy your meal. It is better for your body and will help your mindset.
Sorry for the verbage. Hugs to all Don