Sunday, August 1, 2010

Meatless Mondays and Camp Food!

So I've gotten a pretty positive response from some of you about cutting out a day of meat every week. I've spent the last two weeks without meat except for one day. I don't really miss it, but I also have a bookcase full of cookbooks, and quite a few of those are vegetarian cookbooks. I love to cook, so finding new recipes to try is something I enjoy. I realize that not everyone out there feels that way, so I'm going to include meatless recipes that I have tried and like. I've never been one for scheduled posting, but if it works out for me to post a new recipe every Monday, then yay!

Until tomorrow's recipe, here are a couple more thoughts on food that have appeared before me since I last wrote about it:

I bought Dave a book to take to the beach called It Must've Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten, the food critic for Vogue Magazine. In the introduction, he presents two statements to the reader:

  1. "I feel awful this morning, my skin is covered in bumps, and I can hardly see straight. It must've been something I ate."

  2. "I feel light as a feather this morning, my mind is clear as a bell, and I've got a smile on my face for the whole human race. It must've been something I ate."

Which statement would you be most likely to use? Maybe not to such an extreme, but try to keep to statement number two!

As I mentioned before, I have a pretty decent cookbook collection. One of my favorite cookbook authors, Mark Bittman, has a book called How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I have used this cookbook a lot over the last few weeks and one night I pulled up his website to check out more recipes. Well, lo and behold, what did I see?

Lose Weight! Save the Planet! Become a Lessmeatarian!

My good buddy Mark then goes on to say all of the same things I said to you last week! He has a book out called Food Matters, which explains it all in greater detail. But still pretty interesting I imagine. His cookbooks are well written and he's got a good sense of humor throughout. The book is on my Amazon wishlist, but I'm sure I will break down and pay full price at Borders pretty soon. I will let you know what it says!

And the final occurrence that struck me pretty hard was something that a friend of mine was telling me about the treatment of animals. It's pretty groovy, but often I find that groovy is good. She has done a bit of research on "food energy" as in good energy vs bad energy. Basically, how an animal is treated during food production determines the kind of energy it has, and that energy is transferred to you when you eat it. So if your chicken was mistreated, crowded, covered in chemicals, and then you serve it to your children, guess what kind of energy will be transferred to them? How creepy. While most of us (me included) think it's worth cutting up a chicken for some well-seasoned noodle soup, we would also like to think there were some sort of ethical practices in place for the bird before it lost it's neck.

And finally, a few photos of food at the lake....because a post about food doesn't have to be a stick in the mud.

Who needs meat when you can eat foods made of 95% sugar???


Anna Jane's marshmallow caught fire!


Cotton Candy at a Knight's baseball game.


I'll think very hard and come up with a good recipe for tomorrow!

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