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I already talked about my associative memory earlier on this blog. And how I could remember things like when and where I read a book. I realized that my associative memory also plays a role when cooking. Namely how I associate certain dishes with a certain day. So I was wondering if I was the only one who did this.
Are there Dishes I Always eat/ cook on a Certain Day?
Short answer: yes. Long answer it depends on the dish, but there are dishes I associate with a certain day or for some reason I usually make on a certain day. Some associations are really strong, other mild and for some dishes I don’t have a association with days. I usually cook for two days, so on Saturday I cook and we eat the leftovers the day after that etc. Some dishes only work on one day as it’s hard to make more of that or it’s easier to make it for one day only, so then I cook two of those dishes in one week. Each week I plan my menu plan for the next week and for some reason there are some dishes I always cook on the same day. With baking this isn’t the case, I just bake whenever I have time or am craving something sweet. But with cooking the effect is quite strong.
For example I always make spring roll on Saturday. Saturdays are usually a bit quieter for me, so when I try a new recipe or a complicated recipe I usually try it on Saturday. This is the case with spring rolls, it took me about two hours the first time I made it. Nowadays it only takes me an hour or a bit more to make, but due to making it the first few times on Saturday I now associate that dish with Saturdays and so far have almost always made it on Saturday. So if I plan to make spring rolls I usually do so on Saturday. Japanese Curry is another dish I usually make on a Saturday. Again because it was a new recipe once and took a bit more effort and now it’s stuck on Saturdays because of my associative memory. It just feels weird/ wrong to make these dishes on another day.
Then there is Indian cauliflower Mash which I usually make on Mondays, for no particular reason except that I usually make it that day and so it feels natural to make it that day. There are also dishes like fried rice that I’ve made on almost every day so far and don’t have a strong association with, although it’s usually on a weekday. Sajoer Beans and Spiced Pointed Cabbage are both one days dishes and I usually make those on a Thursday.
So some recipe have a strong association with a certain day and I almost always make them on that particular day, it just feels weird to make them on another day and because of the strong association when making my menu plan I usually plan them on the day I associate them with. There are also some dishes where I have a less strong association with a day and I just make those whenever works best.