Got what is so far a mild case of what's almost certainly covid, mostly fatigue & runny nose (yay boosters!).
Weirdest thing is the taste/smell impact. It hasn't gone out completely, it's more like taking an audio equalizer and readjusting the sliders so that some frequencies are barely audible while others are still normal. Umami's solid, sour's a bit blunted, sweetness is even fainter. At least food still tastes like food so far.
covid, spice cabinet
So this is interesting. I can smell most of the dried herbs fine - oregano, thyme, dill, cloves. Rosemary is kind of faint, but I can pick it up.
Garlic is intense.
I can smell cinnamon but not nutmeg, which is odd.
And here's the really weird one: paprika, ancho, black pepper, cayenne and ginger all smell subtly off from normal. Like when you get a chile that's normally spicy but isn't, and you can still taste the flavor but it doesn't have the bite you expect.
Tonight's dinner taste test
Garlic: yes. Roasted potatoes: barely. Roasted radishes: delayed taste. Kale: yes. Carrots: no. Bell peppers & onions: kind of. Soy sauce: yes
And dessert test.
Maple cream cookie: Similar to the chocolate chip cookie yesterday, where it initially didn't taste sweet at all until after a few seconds of chewing. And fortunately I can still taste maple!
A 60% cocoa Ghirardelli square tastes like a 72%.
A mint-filled square tastes more intensely minty.
A sea salt caramel square tastes like salty chocolate.
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