Flavorcide

I’m impaled by a witticism that wants outing. 

My dad died in an old folks’ home as he was foot-scooting himself to breakfast in his wheelchair one morning. Everyone foot-scooted, no one got pushed. It was promoted as therapeutic exercise. 

No one saw him die. Someone simply found him not breathing, and that was that. He didn’t make it to breakfast. I keep wondering what that transition was like for him.

 Prior to that I had joined him for various meals. The food was bland in the extreme. I said to myself, “This food has committed flavorcide,” adding, “This is where taste comes to die.”

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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5 Responses to Flavorcide

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    Flavorcide. Seems so unnecessary, and deliberate. I ate a plain baked sweet potato yesterday that was delicious, meaning a lot of our food is naturally pretty good unless you go through the trouble of killing off the flavor. I’ve had some mangoes and pineapple in season that were amazing.

    • JMN says:

      Very true. There’s a lot of native flavor in good fresh ingredients. The institutional food my dad had to suffer through was probably ultra-processed stuff out of cans and packages. Very sad. He shared a table with a man in his nineties who would say “Hot sauce! Hot sauce!” to the server at each meal. She would smile indulgently at him, as at a child, and treat it as a joke. I soon realized it was his way of protesting how bland everything was. I would guess you have access to wonderful produce in Thailand. Are there any good Thai restaurants there? Joking, of course!

      • Eric Wayne says:

        Oddly, we rarely go to Thai restaurants. There aren’t many in walking distance, and we stopped eating meat a few months ago. Most Thai food is meat based.

      • JMN says:

        Good move. I’m on a quest for other protein sources myself.

      • Eric Wayne says:

        Protein, according to many top experts, is not really an issue (and not an issue at all if one consumes eggs and dairy). I cut out all animal products, for health reasons, and I get plenty of protein. The harder things, which one needs to be a little smart about, are B12, iron, and Omega 3. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend watching the documentary “Game Changer”, which is on Netflix, but also for free on Youtube. Many have tried to debunk it, but so far have failed.

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