The Pescetarian & the Meatalicious Thanksgiving Weekend

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


  1. Belated happy thanksgiving to you. :-)

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. @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!

    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. :)