Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Carnivore no more?

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

Last night I made sloppy joes - with real meat.  It was weird.  And slightly disgusting.  

I guess it has been a while since I have handled raw meat.  I had somewhat forgotten about the mess.  And the blood.  A perk of cooking vegetarian.

No slimy chicken to handle, or fear of salmonella.  No bloody hamburger, or risk of E. coli.  No thawing.  No de-fatting.  No de-boning.  No greasy mess that is a dickens to deal with when you have sworn off paper towels.  None of that.

Last week I bought steak to treat Mister for our anniversary.  They were nice thick steaks, but not huge.  I had broiled them in the oven and had them resting on top of the stove.  He walked in the kitchen, stopped, stared, and said "That's a lot of meat".

This from a man who previously would have polished off both our steaks without thinking twice.  Now he is doubting just one.  I am confident he still has the capability of consuming mass amounts of food.  The man has a hollow leg, I swear.  So for him to question the larger-than-life portions we previously had been accustomed to was surprising.  And refreshing, for I had been thinking the same thing before he entered the kitchen.  Wow, that's a lot of meat.  

We ended up splitting one steak and saved the second for another meal.  A meal for three no less.  

It is interesting how our perception of normal has changed.  We went from a quarter-pound of meat per person to a quarter-pound of meat per meal to no meat at all.  In a span of about three years.  For those of you thinking that's great, but my husband would never go for that, I felt the same way.  And here we are.  Three short years later.  

"That's a lot of meat."


Robj98168 said...

As much as I kid about being the ultmate carnivore, I too go with much less meat. In fact a majority of my protein comes from cheese. Or beans. Not that I don't crave a big steak now and then.
And I started much the same... meat free mondays, then it became easier to add some of the other days of the week. You go Girl!

Chile said...

That was a relief for me, too, when we switched to a vegetarian diet. Kitchen clean-up is far easier and I don't have to wash my hands and counters a zillion times to avoid food poisoning. Once in a blue moon, though, like for the special anniversaries (10th & 20th), we did deal with some raw meat....by going to a fondue place and getting the special. It was a special treat, was more than enough meat to last for 10 years, and I didn't have to do any of the clean up!

Green Bean said...

Love it! A new normal is we move bit by bit toward something else. I'll say that my new normal is that 68 in the house is WAAAYYY too hot.

EnviRambo said...

I'm with you on that one Green Bean! After three years of keeping our thermostat below 62, going to "normal" person's house is like stepping into a sauna!

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

GB and EnviRambo - You guys are crazy! My house is 68 today and I'm thinking about digging out the mittens. On the other hand, a house cooler than 80 in the summer feels like an icebox these days.

Melissa @ HerGreenLife said...

Whether it's less meat, no meat, or different thermostat settings, we really can adjust to many changes without too much difficulty.

The "ick factor" of having raw meat in my kitchen was a reason for my decision to go veg (almost 6 years ago now).

I'm still working on the 62 degree thermostat setting with my husband ;)

Asics Shoes said...

Bleatings from EnviRambo. Last night I made sloppy joes - with real meat. It was weird. And slightly disgusting.


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