[Sca-cooks] Sca-cooks Digest, Vol 7, Issue 38

Wanda Pease wandap at hevanet.com
Sun Nov 19 16:20:50 PST 2006

This is going to get me into real trouble, but what the heck.

If YOU went to work in another part of the world (say Iraq or Afghanistan)
how do you think you would be perceived by the local people it you refused
to eat anything but Western food?  Would you expect and be upset because
your hosts and hostesses didn't immediately change their cooking styles to
fit your prejudices?  W so that everyone else in the village had to eat the
same Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches you preferred or possibly did not
care for pp&J?

We had an Education Specialist in our office who was Jewish.  We all knew
about it mainly because he would ask if a dish had pork products in it.  He
always brought a dish that we could all share and enjoy, in turn didn't feel
like we were old meanies when we forgot and added bacon bits to the salad.
Fortunately pork products can be relatively easy to avoid.  Going Vegan at
office holiday pot lucks is a bit much to make his office mates feel guilty
and rude about not changing favorite dishes is bad karma.

My Jewish co-worker mentioned that he had friends who kept full
kashrut/kosher (?) didn't eat outside their homes.  They didn't expect their
non-Jewish friends to attempt to accommodate their ways.

> > I guess I may be almost as ignorant as some in your office. Aren't a
> > number of the dishes you mention above vegetarian, or easily made so?
> > Such as the greens, the mac and cheese, the cornbread, the pecan pie
> > and the sweet potato pie? Or by "strict vegetarian" are you ruling
> > out things like milk and cheese?
> >
> > Stefan
> >

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