Eating his words

September 30, 2007 on 9:37 pm | By | In Food Musings | 6 Comments

Despite seven years of wedded bliss, my darling and I sometimes find ourselves needling one another. He never folds the laundry correctly, I never tighten caps on bottles. He has a rather dry sense of humor, and I often mistake his “jokes” for personal attacks. This sends us into frivolous arguments that, once they’re over, cause us to question what the big deal was in the first place.

One thing that has particularly irked me is his portrayal of me as a carnivore. Mind you, I DO like meat, but I’ve consciously reduced my intake, especially when it comes to red meat. In fact, many of our dinners are vegetarian. So when I hear him say, “My gal LOVES her meat!” I assume people must think I spend my entire day gnawing away at huge hunks of dead flesh.

This all came to a head the other night. We were out with a few of his now former coworkers celebrating his last day at work (his freelance photography business has taken off so he had to give up his “secure” newspaper gig). They ordered several rounds of appetizers for the table, and one coworker says to me, “We ordered a bunch of meat, so we’ll make sure to send it your way.” HARRUMPH!

I was still fuming about the comment the next day so I confronted him at lunch. Of course, I had blown it all out of proportion — he only meant that given all my running, I need a lot of protein, and my preferred form is meat (which admittedly is true). But then he asked rhetorically, “Could you go a month without meat?”

I don’t think he was prepared for the answer.

“Why not?” I said. “In fact, let’s go meatless for the month of October!”

The look on his face spoke volumes: perhaps HE’S the one who will have the most problem!

It’s going to be an interesting experiment. I’ve already earmarked a lot of recipes from Heidi Swanson’s book, plus I’ll be making many of my standbys (pasta with vegetarian sauces, meatless pizza, bean & cheese tostadas). I’m a bit concerned about our protein needs, but fortunately we love beans — despite their odiferous aftermath (ironically, we’re less socially acceptable after eating red meat than we are after consuming beans. I know, I know: Too Much Information).

We’re still going to eat eggs and dairy, and may allow fish on a couple of occasions. We’ll also be taking a “bye” next Saturday as I promised our house-sitters a French feast (chicken liver mousse, salad Niçoise, beef carpaccio). However, other than the three pieces of prosciutto we shared, today’s menu was meatless. But tomorrow we start in earnest. Check back often to see how we’re doing!

Today’s meals:
Breakfast: Homemade egg muffins with cheddar cheese & prosciutto
Lunch: Edamame and English muffins with peanut butter
Dinner: Whole grain pizza with eggplant sauce, olive tapanade, grilled artichokes and fresh mozzarella, served with a green salad


  1. This sounds like the spats my husband and I have…both of us are so stubborn. I don’t think I could do the whole “no meat” thing though…that’s tough!

    So do tell, is there anything at steak (sorry, couldn’t help myself) with this one month test??

    Comment by Caffienated Cowgirl — September 30, 2007 #

  2. Oooo — that’s a good one!

    Normally we do some sort of silly bet, but we didn’t for this. We just decided to see how long we could go. Fortunately grilling season is over since the smell of grilled steak wafting through the neighborhood would kill me!

    Comment by ovens2betsy — October 1, 2007 #

  3. Try using espazote in your beans! It really cuts down on the aftermath.

    Comment by Laura — October 3, 2007 #

  4. Laura — I’ve always been meaning to try that! I’ll have to check out some of the local Hispanic grocers to see if they carry it.

    Comment by ovens2betsy — October 3, 2007 #

  5. Love this challenge! But wait, you had proscuitto for breakfast? Confused. C’est de la viande, n’est-ce pas?j

    Love the new site design.

    Comment by Jess — October 3, 2007 #

  6. Oui, c’est de la viande.

    But we ate it the day BEFORE our “official” start 🙂 (I’m pretty much justifying our meat eating this coming Saturday by saying we “basically” had a meatless meal on Sept. 30, save for the prosciutto, of course!)

    Comment by ovens2betsy — October 3, 2007 #

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