Yes, there was a time I ate meat. I did. Not much, and never eagerly, but now and than I did, when my kids seemed to crave for smoked sausage for example, to go with their stew, or just a firm piece of steak. Organically of course, and always overloaded with vegetables (which I mainly ate), but still.. it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
So, when I decided to officially become a vegetarian, it felt good instantly. I never ate meat again, and my body never told me otherwise. Slowly but surely the rest of my family started to follow, and I barely heard them about meat ever since. (But of course, when they’re really grunchy and cantankerous, I hurry to the store, and just get them what they need, which in that case, is basically meat.) Though, there are many great dishes made with meat, I have to admit. And to never ever make them again, is just not an option.
For example, this delicious recipe comes from my 'great' meat-era, when I used to make ‘Coq au Vin’, -which of course, is not done anymore for this blog, nor my lifestyle- and so I turned it into a magical mushroom stew. Without le coq! And instead of mashed potatoes, I made puree of celeriac. Which is terrifyingly easy by the way, and really a lot healthier than regular mashed potatoes, since it rises sky high on the glycemic index (GI). It measures 90(!) on the GI which is even higher than normal table-sugar, which lingers at 70. (for more information on GI, have a look at http://bit.ly/GI-Index It's absolutely interesting)
And this celeriac cream just tastes awesome. It’s mellow and light, and you absolutely won’t crave for mashed potatoes ever again. (Ow, how I think of all the great recipes we could make with this cream!!) I bought all these different kinds of mushrooms, in my favourite health store around the corner, including oyster mushrooms, which give this amazingly meaty taste. Mixed with lot’s of shallots, carrots, celery stalks and a bottle of rich- and mellow red wine, it couldn’t taste (or look!) any better. Who needs meat anymore?! —Mirjam Leslie-Pringle