[Sca-cooks] Cleaning plastic and wooden cutting boards

Dragon dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Sun Mar 23 10:38:25 PDT 2008

ranvaig at columbus.rr.com did speak thusly:
> >OK, this allergy thing is really a pet peeve of mine. We cannot
> >protect everyone from every single possible adverse reaction. As far
> >as I see it, my only responsibility towards this is to provide a list
> >of ingredients. After that, it is up to somebody to decide whether
> >they can eat it or not.
>If someone says they have a nut allergy and asks what is safe to 
>eat, that it is not unreasonable to let them know if you used walnut 
>oil on the cutting boards, and let them decide to eat or not.  You 
>shouldn't have to cater to allergies, but information to the best of 
>your knowledge, shouldn't be such a big thing.

Well, it is a moot point anyway when I do a feast, I always use 
plastic cutting boards, not wood. The only wood boards I have are at 
home and only ever used for bread.

>We have two celiacs in our group, including the ex-baroness, as well 
>as vegetarians, so we tend to keep track of which things are safe 
>for them, but I wouldn't choose what to cook based ONLY on that.

My point is, these people know what their food issues are. They must 
decide if the feast as offered is something they can eat or not. I 
cannot decide that for them and I will not cater to just a select few 
at the expense of the many.

> >B. There is a written list of ingredients that includes EVERYTHING in
> >each dish, I don't leave things out and grilling me incessantly to
> >try to "catch me lying" is not a way to stay in my good graces. Yes,
> >some people have this truly annoying habit.
>I'm sure you are different, but I've been assured any number of 
>times that something was vegetarian, when it "only" had some chicken 
>broth, not actual meat, and you can pick the meat out anyway, can't 
>you?  No one wants to find out the hard time that food which is 
>already in their mouth has something they would rather not eat.

I pride myself on being honest (sometimes brutally so) and when I 
make the list, it is what is really and truly in each dish. If I call 
something vegetarian, it has no meat, no eggs and no dairy. While it 
may not be Vegan, it is as advertised.

The information is there and freely provided. People can use it to 
plan their choices as they see fit.

>That's not an excuse for not asking politely, but if someone doesn't 
>know you, I can see that they might want to make sure you understand.

It's the few, who are so selfish to see their own needs as the most 
important thing in the whole world, who make this an unpleasant part 
of the process. I'm sure we all know the type, they proclaim to the 
world that the feast is so unfair to them because they can't eat it 
(and usually because of only one or two dishes). They whine and moan 
and make me think unchivalrous retorts to throw at them.

On the flip side, I do know some folks who are quite reasonable about 
the whole thing. One is a vegetarian who is always lining up for my 
feasts because she knows I put as much care into all the dishes as I 
do the meat items. She is perfectly OK skipping the meat and eating 
the rest. I wish more people had her attitude and approach to things.


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