[Sca-cooks] Vegetarian & Vegans was Re: lethal drinks
dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Wed Jul 23 08:37:57 PDT 2008
Barbara Benson wrote:
>I have always tried to make sure that there isn't any hidden meat in
>my feasts. When I prepare veg dishes I substitute out the typically
>called for animal fat and use oil or butter. The same goes for my
>starch dishes. With this approach I thought I was doing a pretty good
>job with the whole vegetarian thing. And if someone contacts me ahead
>of time I try to compensate for their issues the best I can. I have
>been known to set aside portions of dishes for individuals with
>various allergies and sensitivities.
>We recently had a lovely new couple move in from out of Kingdom and
>they are both vegetarians. I had a very ... interesting ...
>conversation with one of them regarding feast. During that
>conversation she made it quite clear to me that as far as she was
>concerned the cook had an obligation to not only make sure that there
>were foods that vegetarians could eat but that I needed to make sure
>that I provided the appropriate dishes in the appropriate combinations
>so that vegetarians were provided with a complete protein.
>She went on to talk about serving beans with rice, but I had to make
>sure it was brown rice not white. And something like a Squash ravioli,
>but the pasta needed to be whole wheat ...
>What do y'all think about the viability of or my responsibility to
>meet this expectation? Is it reasonable?
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I think it is quite likely that you are not a nutritionist and this
person is being very unreasonable by laying such expectations and
strictures at your feet.
It is the responsibility of the person eating to make appropriate
choices, not that of the feast cooks to make sure that a balanced
nutritious meal is presented. Ideally, a feast would be tasty,
nutritious and non-fattening... but it's a feast, a special meal, not
everyday sustenance. It is not only acceptable, but probably to be
expected, that it will deviate from the ideal in favor of being a
This is precisely the sort of thing I am referring to when I talk
about preachy, bullying types of vegetarians. They can't see that
some of their demands are going beyond the pale (and while they may
be couched in the language of request or advice, they ARE demands).
Now if this person were to volunteer to help design the menu and put
in the effort in the kitchen to help prepare the feast, (and I mean
ALL of the feast, INCLUDING the meat dishes for the other diners),
then I can see it being a much more viable situation. But I suspect
that won't happen and you will get the same treatment over and over
until they either piss you off or they get their way.
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