Seriously? Honestly I'm not the superstitious sort but I -DO- think our moods have an effect on our cooking! Not really surprised that it's a universal belief but I was wondering if other foodies/cooks kept in mind the notion of moods affecting cooking. Thanks for the titles — that's two new non-recipe books about food for us to read :)
My grandparents, mum and uncles love to cook. They've got this superstition where you cannot say anything negative in the kitchen, be it about someone else, yourself, about the food etc while it is cooking or it will not turn out well (my heritage is Chinese, by the way). When my grandmother makes steamed cakes (I shall add in here that she uses Sprite or 7-up as a leavening and sweetening agent, and it works), she specifically told me NOT to say ANYTHING. Anyway, that one time I did and some of the steamed cakes didn't turn out very pretty and she said it's because I said something.
When my family set up a pastry business, my uncle reminded me to keep my speech and thoughts clean while the cakes/pastries are baking. Well, sometimes I didn't... though I doubt I could attribute that to some of the baked goodies for being less than perfect.
My sister recently told me an experiment about some guy who bought 3 packs of bean curd dessert and gave each pack different verbal treatment. (A) got positive remarks, (B) got negative, and (C) got a running down. The results are thus: (A) is more or less fine after a few days, (B) is a bad state and (C) has gone rotten. I don't know who's crazy enough to talk to bean curd, but — anyone care to try talking to food to see if it has an effect?