Like a lot of people (most people) in Charleston, before impending snowstorms, I tend to race out to the store to load up on essentials. That always seems to be the time when I remember I’m just about out of toilet paper –and yeah, I usually grab a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, and a loaf of some kind of bread.
Not this time.
Because I expected I’d have some time on my hands, I collected a couple of vegan “meat” products to try.
I almost bought the coconut milk or soy-based ice cream, but that stuff is like five bucks a pint! My baser, stingier nature took over and said, “Bill, you could spend five bucks on some ice cream you know nothing about –and remember, it’s winter –or you could go back to Drug Emporium and for two dollars more, you could get some Big Timber Porter.”
It was an easy decision.
Still, over the next couple of days, I’ll be posting my thoughts on some of the things I bought (not the beer. I think that’s already covered).
But the fake meat is something I only have a passing familiarity with.
As I’ve said before, I was a very lousy vegetarian in college. I ate some of the Morning Star Farms products, which weren’t bad. I didn’t eat a lot of them, though. I remember liking the chicken patties (which I covered in cheese) and hating the fake bacon.
For this month, I’ve actually stayed away from the faux meat stuff, mostly, sticking with beans, nuts, and grains. It just sort of seems kind of weird to opt not to eat meat for ethical reasons, but then choose to eat something that is specifically crafted to imitate the flavor and texture of it.
During my grocery run, I also picked up a couple of new varieties of apples and some soy milk to help with vegan baking.
Funny thing: During the last 22 days, the only real craving I’ve had has been for cornbread –not steak, not General Tsao’s Chicken or barbecued ribs –but plain old cornbread.
So, today, we’re going to make cornbread.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.