My name is Keith Cassatt and I’m a digital artist living in the Boston area. I travel around the world a lot. You can see my main website here: www.keithcassatt.com. I take original photographs, make drawings, and play around with AI algorithms, though mostly I do corporate digital design work.
But what’s probably more relevant for visitors to this blog, is that a few years ago, a combination of really boring health problems forced me to switch to a low-carb diet.
It really sucked. I thought my diet was okay — lots of whole grains, beans and lentils, lean meats and healthy oils. Yeah, well, it turns out this healthy diet was killing me.
After switching to a low-carb diet, some of the benefits kicked in almost immediately, and some have appeared gradually, but the changes were dramatic. Maybe someday my metabolism will go back to what it was, but, for the foreseeable future, I’m stuck eating low-carb.
I hate it.
My favorite things in the world are pizza and pasta. I love getting delivery and take out, and heating up cans of soup. Even ramen noodles. I miss ramen noodles. I miss sandwiches.
I’ve never been that big of a cook. Okay, in my early twenties, I remember making hummus and baba ganoush from scratch, but hey, who didn’t? But I haven’t done that in years. And I don’t bake. And I hate measuring out ingredients.
When I first went low-carb, I was just eating salad, deli meat, and cheese. This got really old, really quickly, so I decided that if I couldn’t get low-carb food at restaurants, and I couldn’t buy it at the store, I would learn how to make it myseff. So I subscribed to a bunch of low-carb blogs.
And then I went out and bought all kinds of cooking equipment, and all these new ingredients, like flaxseed flour and xantham gum, that I’d never even heard of before. And I tried. I really tried. I baked pork chops, and I made low-carb almond flour muffins, and I learned how to make low-carb hot and sour soup. And I repeatedly tried to make low-carb pizza crust out of everything from cauliflower, to low-carb flours, to ground beef.
The more I got into the cooking, the less I liked it. Turns out, I hate cooking. I would never choose a career that takes me anywhere near a kitchen, and I would not pick cooking if I had to find a new hobby.
I hate buying ingredients. I use them once, then the jars and bags sit around my kitchen forever, taunting me.
I hate measuring. If I can’t just throw stuff in, I don’t want to know about it.
I hate timing. If I have to watch the clock, I will definitely wind up burning something.
Who are these people who sit around all day measuring and mixing? Oh, yeah, they’re called food bloggers.
It turns out that most people who blog about low-carb cooking actually love to cook. That’s why they got into food blogging in the first place. The more complicated the recipe, the more they seem to enjoy it. They obsess about getting just the right ingredients in just the right order.
Well, that’s all fine for them.
But what about normal people, like me, who prefer to spend five minutes or less preparing a meal? And who have run out of friends and relatives to guilt-trip into cooking for us?
Don’t we deserve to eat, too?
So I started to look for ways to eat low-carb that doesn’t involve anything more challenging than boiling water or frying an egg.
I’m more interested in how fast I can get it into my mouth, and how many dishes I have to clean afterward, than in how fancy it looks. Or how good it tastes, really. I like pizza, ramen, and canned soup. I don’t have what you might call a developed palate — and I don’t want one.
So this blog is about what I’ve found so far.
It’s for anyone like me, who doesn’t like to cook, or who sometimes doesn’t have time to cook, but still needs to eat something.