Monday, March 1, 2010

We Eat Meat

If you ask someone down here, "What's for supper?" they are most likely going to answer in one word, "Meatloaf", "Chicken Casserole", "Chicken Fried Steak", "Pork chops". Now, some may, after a moment add a list of dishes accompanying the main entre. So, one would come to the conclusion, correctly, that there are few vegetarians among us. Now, don't get me wrong, we love our vegetables - those fresh bounties of our backyard gardens and farms. But, everything is served around the main dish - the meat.

I admire vegetarians if they make their choice for a rational reason. I once had a co-worker who told me she was a vegetarian. When I inquired what was the basis of her decision to give up meat, she said that she was following the example of a female co-worker she admired. Then, I pushed a little further, "And her reason for being a vegetarian?" "Well, I'm not sure. But since she was one, I was certain that I should be one also." Sounds good to me, just like lemmings off a cliff. But I kept going, "Do you like the taste of meat?" "Oh yes," she said, "I love meat." I just quit, sometimes you can't save people from themselves.

As my Aunty used to say, "It takes all kinds to make the world go around." There are always the picky eaters, or "finicky" as my mother used to say. Oysters tend to be a challenge for some. Now why someone would have issue with one of the most exquisite tastes God put on the earth, I don't know. Could be you are eating a gelatinous bivalve, and the best way is straight from the shell just slightly steamed, are better yet raw. Even I have reservations, Ok I just don't go there, with chicken livers or gizzards. Heck, some folks want go near asparagus - go figure.

Up north they talk about "Comfort Food", a term I had never heard until several years ago. Down here, we find comfort in all our food . . . and our drink. But, unlike the poor people up North, who are shut in for long periods of time during the cold winter months and need hearty nourishment to keep them going, down here we just love to eat. We see it as a religious experience.

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