The Pescetarian & the Meatalicious Thanksgiving Weekend

14 October 2008

See this photo? Well, I didn't cook that. But I did roast something very similar yesterday for Thanksgiving here in Canada. I don't do turkey very well -- it actually ends up more like turkey jerky -- but I rock when it comes to Glazed Ham.

It was a very meat-centric weekend.

It started on Treat Day. Roomie had been craving ribs, so we did ribs from Tony Roma's. I was going to go for the calamari, but it had been so long since I'd had ribs, I just had to try it. Well, I wish I hadn't. I felt terrible afterwards.

I've been a pescetarian -- mainly vegetarian with some fish/seafood -- for about 4 months now, and although my family hears me blah-blah-blah about how good I feel eating this way, they will not follow.
Roomie has a fish/seafood allergy. Following me would lead to certain death so I don't harass him too much about it. Yeah, a dude allergic to fish/seafood married to a filipina. Crazy, eh?!

Anyway, due to the thumbs-down on the fish/seafood and the need for a meat dish that I wouldn't completely ruin, ham it was.
I cooked a fairly healthy Thanksgiving dinner... steamed organic carrots, broccoli, mashed potatoes, banana bread, and of course, the aforementioned glazed ham. I was going to make my traditional filipino garlic fried rice, but we already had the potatoes and bread.

Roomie took the kids to see Gramma while I slaved in the kitchen... in blessed silence... and maybe a little Sir Mix A Lot in the background.

They came back in time to enjoy dinner hot from the oven. And enjoy it they did! Even Lam ate a lot of ham. No big surprise... he LOVES bacon!

Now, did I eat the ham?!? Of course, I did! After all that slaving, I had to. Oh, I knew it was good, but I had to make sure, right? It was very meaty and sweet. Perfectly done.

And of course, 10 minutes later, my stomach started to feel bloaty. You'd think I learned my lesson the day before. I knew how bad it was going to be. And it further reinforced that no beef/chicken/pork is what makes me feel best.

Well, that's pretty much it. Very low key. Nothing too exciting other than my upset stomach... so, how was yours?

Photo by avlxyz

5 comments - LEAVE YOURS HERE...:

Shai Coggins said...

Belated happy thanksgiving to you. :-)

Her Bad Mother said...

Mmmm... glazed ham. I was away on Thanksgiving, sadly, but my husband saved me leftovers. No ham, tho ;)

Bionic Beauty said...

I have been pescetarian for the past year too. And like you, I have tried a bit of cow a few times when Bionic Hubby offers me some... I always regret it immediately. My stomach gets all "fluffy" and starts grumbling. I love my veggies and fish. And my body seems so much healthier without all the beef and pork. Now... I will admit I cheat with chicken and turkey. For some reason, I just can't give up my Chick-fil-a every 3 months and Fried Chicken chunks over a salad with ranch dressing. But I try to do it in moderation. ;)

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Nen! Congrats on your wonderful hammy!!

Jen Hill said...

Ethically, I am all for being a vegetarian, but for ease and out of habit, I usually eat some form of meat daily.

I recently discovered good results while cooking a turkey in a Crockpot. A smaller bird fits well, and I season it and add a little bit of stock at the bottom, cover and turn it over once or twice while cooking. 6 hours later voila, super tender fall-apart turkey meat.

I also love to make turkey soup with lots of veggies and noodles with the leftovers.

Nenette AM said...

@Shai:
Thanks, Shai!

@Her Bad Mother:
Were you in the US that weekend? I find that if I'm away from home on a national holiday, I'd prefer to be where the locals aren't celebrating the same holiday that day... makes me less homesick. :)
Hubby saved you some turkey, right? Lucky!

@Jami:
thanks! :) "fluffy"... that's EXACTLY it! You know, I have my poultry moments too. I try not to stress about it either -- I know that how I'll feel after is punishment enough. LOL
Wow, what else do we have in common!... Are you my non-Filipino American twin separated a birth?

@Jen Hill:
I think that's the reason why I'll never go completely veg. Eating fish is just such an easy (and tasty) way to get protein.
I love crockpots... I gotta get me one of those. I may not eat meat, but the mob here still does. :)

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