My family is so weird about food. Mr. S and I like to try different cuisines, and we’re “semi-vegetarian” at home, in that we don’t HAVE to have meat at every meal. Even then, our home meat consumption is usually confined to deli meat for sandwiches, chicken broth in soups or risotto, a little ground beef in chili (or not, or mixed half-and-half with TVP), and fish or tuna once in a while. We might cook ham or turkey for a holiday meal, or get some cooked chicken for soup. But 75% of our meals are completely veggie. Even when we go out, we’re more likely to order pasta than a steak or burger.
For this, my family has labeled US as weird. Egads, our spaghetti sauce has no meat in it. My sister once made a face at us because “you guys like to eat weird things like roots.” (What the heck do you think a carrot is?) Foreign cuisine? Might as well eat turds, in their opinion. They’re scared to eat at our house, because we might cook them something weird. (For the record, we do tend to make more “traditional” meals when these people come over, and save the experimental, more interesting stuff for our friends.) They think we won’t want to eat out with them at places like Pizza Hut, that we have to go to some “weird” ethnic place. Um, people? We eat sandwiches and pizza and steak just like other people. We just don’t eat like that all the time, and we like to try new things, unlike you in your rut.
But yeah, what is it about people that don’t think it’s a meal unless there’s a slab of meat involved? One of our favorite meals is buttery garlic mashers with carrots, corn, and green beans on the side. It’s colorful and pretty on the plate, and it fills us up. Yum! But it’s not a “real meal”? Please.
Last summer my cousin’s wedding featured a gorgeous vegetarian hors d’oeuvre buffet (except for the salmon), as he and his new wife are both veggie. Everything was delicious, and Mr. S and I filled up. But the aunts and uncles spent the reception grousing about how they weren’t being fed, and my uncle who lived in the same city invited everyine over to his house afterward for burgers. :rolleyes:
We are having houseguests next weekend – traveling musicians we’ve gotten to know. Last time they stayed here, they loved the veggie meal we made for them, and told us that as veggies it’s really hard for them to find decent food on the road here in the midwest. (Sample diner order: “Uh, I’ll have the toast and a baked potato.”)
Mmmm, vegetarian food.