VeggieDag is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and its issues.
On numerous occasions, someone, who upon being told that I am a beer 'expert' or some such silliness, will ask me what my favorite beer is. I have no answer for them, because for me, it's more about the beer experience, an ever ongoing thing. That answer has often upset the questioner, who will accuse me of evasiveness or worse.
Now, another conundrum.
On a recent occasion, a person overheard that I wouldn't be ordering a certain dish at a restaurant, because. as I explained, I don't eat animal flesh. He asked me, "Oh, are you a vegetarian or a vegan?" Those two terms are so fraught with different definitions for different people, especially those who are not 'vegan' or 'vegetarian,' that I find them pointless. I chose my response carefully. "I don't eat animal flesh," I replied.
Do I eat eggs? No. Do I wear leather shoes? Yes.
Do I eat fish or cows or pigs or chickens...? No. Do I eat honey? Yes.
Do I eat cheese? For over a decade, I haven't. I do now, but only artisinal cheeses (and for a very beer-related reason: it's such an amazing food pairing with artisinal beer.)
My interrogator pressed the issue, so I answered, again, "I don't eat animal flesh." The response did not sit well. "You're just like Michele Bachmann," he said, annoyed. To him, I appeared to be evasively staying 'on point,' as he believed the presidential candidate to be during interviews.
Regardless, I don't believe Mrs. Bachmann to be a meat abstainer.
Here a few non-animal flesh recipes, tested here at the YFGF kitchen.
- Cole slaw: My Nana's recipe for a non-creamy slaw.
- Sandwich: Mock tuna salad.
- Pasta: Quick zucchini pasta.
- Rice: Kale with brown rice.
- Dessert (or breakfast): Banana spread.