Monday, April 25, 2011

The Smell of a Meal

One of the joys of eating is the smell of the prepared food. This is often made better by coming from the outdoors into the smell of something that has been roasting in the oven. Even doing some early chores and coming into the smell of breakfast that you've already eaten can make one hungry all over again.

Sometimes food smells can even attack you outdoors. Sometimes it will be the waft of air coming from an exhaust fan, but more often it is someone near by doing some outdoor grilling.

The weirdest thing was that I once lived a couple miles from a factory that made dog biscuits and every once in a while the north wind would deliver the scent of baking. It actually smelled pretty good. It made you want to visit a bakery.

Sadly lunch doesn't usually have much of a smell because that meal is often made of cold sandwiches. However a really good lunch will be able to be smelled. Even cold, some meats and dressings can lure you in like a cooked meal, but there's nothing like heat to spread the smell in amazing ways.

It's amazing that people who have lost their sense of smell can ever enjoy a meal. The scent of food cooking is inspiring.


Blogger darev2005 said...

A couple of months ago, my wife cooked up some maple cured bacon for dinner while I was at work. When I came home several hours later, the house still smelled of maple so strongly that I wanted to eat pancakes in the middle of the night. The scent actually lingered for a couple of days. Nearly drove me crazy.

7:26 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

It's funny how those fat molecules can just hang on to everything and off-gas for days.

5:37 AM  

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