I really need to stop watching shows on The Food Network before I go to bed. I end up cooking in my sleep all night long.
Whether it’s Chopped, Iron Chef America, a Food Network Challenge or The Travel Channel’s Chef Vs. City, if I go to bed immediately after watching one of these shows, I’m chopping, cooking, sautéing, baking and plating in my sleep the rest of the night. I love to cook in real life, but it’s kind of ludicrous to cook in my dreams, too!
Recently, The Food Network began airing the new season of the series “The Next Food Network Star.” Twelve cooks are competing for a chance to have their very own Food Network show. I guess I internalized the different challenges they went through, such as preparing a six-course meal for legendary chef Wolfgang Puck, because I dreamed I was preparing an appetizer for the show. The appetizer had spinach, cheese, puff pastry – and muskrat. A friend of mine gutted the muskrat for me (and it was as gross in the dream as it probably would be in real life), but we couldn’t decide what to do with the head. Yeah, I know: weird. So tell me, Dr. Freud, what does it mean when someone dreams about making an appetizer with a muskrat … ?
When I cook, I do pretend I’m on my own show called Cooking With Spotty. As you probably know, Spotty is my dog, and whenever I’m cooking he’s right there in the kitchen with me, watching intently, hoping I will give him a taste of whatever I’m making. And of course I do. I keep up a running dialogue as I mix and stir and boil and broil, talking about the recipe and its ingredients, passing on little tips and trivia. I think I’d make a good host on a cooking show!
In my dream the other night, I was cooking alongside someone who was a curious mix of Chef Emeril and Iron Chef Morimoto. He told me my cooking was okay, but I needed to step it up a notch to be stellar. Wait till he tastes my muskrat appetizer!