Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Pot Roast Privilege

 Just before the turn of the new year our friends, the Kraljs, invited us over for a family style pot roast dinner.  We accepted their generous invitation and 24 hours later decided to tackle a month of vegetarian eating.  This presented an obvious quandary, but we decided that canceling pre-existing plans or asking our friends to change their menu would be silly and more than a little rude so we made the conscious choice to take a hiatus from our vegetarian adventure for one night in the name of friendship!  Besides, when you're a chef, dinner invitations are sadly few and far between and it seems very shortsighted to irritate the few folks who are willing to cook for you.
 We went to dinner with a homemade Challah in hand, Emma whipped up a salad with a homemade dressing and El served up a memorable roast.  We settled into their family table and Finn was suddenly in pot roast heaven.  To be honest, that pot roast tasted better to all of us than any meat had in a very long time and that got us to thinking that Americans' meat heavy diets probably tamper with the basic and pure enjoyment of meat.  Enjoying a  meal with a meat element should always be something we look forward to and anticipate sharing with others, rather than a daily expectation.  Wouldn't Thanksgiving feel even more like a special occasion if the turkey was the only meat you'd eaten for the month?  Kitchen conversation swirled on this subject for part of the evening and I am starting to realize that pot roast, like one we just enjoyed with friends, should always be a privilege to enjoy.

4 comments:

Andrew said...

What a nice observation. And you are absolutely correct. As Americans become more conscious eaters, and as food (in particular, meat) becomes more expensive to produce, this attitude might become the norm? We'd be a healthier country, for sure!

Mary said...

wow, a home cooked meal sounds divine, after 5 days in Wausau at a hotel w/o a restaurant and the nearest anything miles away. I feel bloated and suffering from fast food
crappy restaurant overdose. I am craving a fresh fruit salad, vanilla yogurt with granola and strawberries . I might give my left foot for some of that pot roast

Mb said...

With my two picky eaters, I don't know what I would do without chicken but I think I could do just fine with less meat.

Nubia said...

If I had a bigger house...I would totally invite you all for a Nubia homemade dinner! And I promise....no weight watchers' nasty lemon tart desserts :)

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