I love everything about food, from cooking to grocery shopping. I can spend hours in the produce section selecting vegetables. I also spend hours poring over food related trivia on the Internet and usually eat my weekend lunch in front of the TV while Jacques Pepin cooks lovely meals in a studio somewhere. I find cooking at the end of a tiring work day relaxing. I try to be conscientious about my food choices, picking Tilapia over other fish as it is environmentally friendly and generally refraining from purchasing/consuming red meat. I try to buy local farm produce during the few months of the year that it is available. Mc Donalds and Olive Garden are the same as far as I am concerned(read: will not eat there for a million dollars, okay might reconsider for a million, but only for a million or more) and in case I forgot to mention I love eating out and trying new places.
Now if I were to state all of the above in a social setting, the “working” women in the crowd would erupt into howls of disbelief, followed by protestations about the drudgery involved along with much rolling of the eyes, nudging of the elbows etc. etc. Here are some of the classic questions (I usually give up by question number 3 or 4 and start looking for an aspirin) with translations for the uninititated.
Working Woman: I totally hate cooking.
Subliminal Subtext: Never heard of Lean Cuisine, what a shame?
Working Woman: How do you find the time to do all this?
Subliminal Subtext: Do you have a college degree or what?
Working Woman: My husband/ boyfriend/fiancé loves cooking and feeding me.
Subliminal Subtext: Where did you find your caveman? Should have listened to your mamma.
Working Woman: Wow! This* is sooooo good, where did you learn to cook this well?
Subliminal Subtext: Oh! well, you must be one of those Cinderella type, kitchen drudges. Only Cinderella was pretty and she got that Prince to rescue her. You just got a caveman.
Working Woman: You must really love good food.
Subliminal Subtext: You love stuffing your face. You should seriously check out Lean Cuisine, it will do you a fat lot of good (oops! wrong choice of words).
Working Woman: Cooking at home is so healthy; besides you guys must be saving a lot.
Subliminal Subtext: Yep! You are cheap. THE ULTIMATE DIG
* refers to the masticated remains of my delicate fish fry, which are currently residing in her mouth.