There has been a lot of writing over the decades about what one should have as a Final Meal. What would yours be? Mine would be a slab of seared foie gras, gastrique and a fine Sauternes; main would consist of haunch of venison with sauce chasseur duchesse potatoes, turned vegetables and a 1945 Chateau Neuf de Pape; the fish course would consist of several pieces of toro and o-toro sashimi, served with iced sake; a selection of fine cheeses and ports to match and to finish a dram or three of cognac. Life would be very, very good at that point.
Which brings me with why I just wrote that.
See, I should be happy. This is Day 1 of The Veg Out, my experiment with my willing participants (my family) on a month of vegetarian eating. But somehow I feel conflicted. My final meal of meat for a month was….not stellar, and I will write about it here in the days to come. Needless to say the company seated at the table vastly outstripped the performance of the food. But enough of the bad.. on with the good!
I was skeptical at first as to what the food would bring and I am happy to say that The Lady knocked it out of the park! She did it with the help of our favorite food friend du jour Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.
HFW or Whittingstall, as The Wee One likes to call him, is English and a farm-to-table advocate. His books and philosophy line up with what we feel would be ideal, if only we had access to the farms near him. So we make do with what we have, what we can scavenge at the local mega-mart, and supplementing with our bounties from the Organic Food Cooperative we belong to as well as the harvest we grow at my parent’s home in the country.
The Lady took the first night opting for 2 dishes, both of which were poo-poo’d by The Wee One, *sigh*.
The first was Seedy Spinach Salad. This was made with local organic spinach and lots of seeds: pumpkin, sesame, poppy and cumin. It was lightly dressed with cold pressed olive oil, flaked Maldon sea salt and pepper and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Just summer-full and refreshing.
The other dish took us both by surprise how filling and wonderful vegetarian cooking could be. Spicy Chick Pea and Carrot Pita Pocket. This warm delight was served not in the aforementioned cardboard like pita pocket, but oven warmed naan breads. As a wrap and topped with a thickened yogurt it was both filling and satisfying.
That is one of the things that we are finding with this adventure: how fantastically satiated we are after we eat just veg.
Was it a success? It sure was. Day 1 of the Veg Out was a total success! It has even doubled our resolve to stick with this adventure for as long as we can.
We’re in it to enjoy it, and to share with you, readers, The Veg Out.