When I mention my love of vegan substitutes for meat, people sometimes say “Why would you want that?” They suggest that I really ought to be a purist and stay away from any food that looks or tastes like meat. As a vegetarian, I ought to be uncompromising, exacting, and strict in my vigilance against MEAT-LIKE SUBSTANCES! Yes, I really ought to content myself with the green salad, the stuffed squash half or the grilled portobello sandwich.
Of course, none of these Puritans are vegetarians themselves. Many vegetarians would agree, it’s true. But I love my savory protein. For me, avoiding meat is an ethical choice, not an aesthetic one. Though oddly enough, in recent months I have twice ingested meat by accident, with stomach-churning results. The first time was a sauerkraut ball that turned out to have ground meat in it (NOT mentioned on the menu). The second was an innocent looking ball of fried dough which I cut open to examine first. It looked meatless but contained ground chicken. Both of those times, the taste of actual meat nauseated me. (Warning to vegetarians: keep your distance from strangers’ balls. Stick to balls you know and love.)
That nauseated feeling never happens to me with meat analogues. Maybe they’re different enough in flavor and texture, or maybe it’s just a psychological thing, Our most recent taste test was the Field Roast “Smokey Forager’s Roast with Pineapple Mustard Glaze.” It is very reminiscent of a meatloaf, but with a bread cube/squash stuffing. The “glaze” is to be added in the last 15 minutes of cooking. It doesn’t really melt to coat the roast, but sits on top in clumps and gets brown. Still, it tastes good.
The “meatloaf” part of the roast is nicely tomato-ey, and the stuffing is very tasty, with complex flavors from the mushrooms, garlic, wine and squash. The bread cubes give it a good texture, too. But I didn’t notice a “smokey” flavor.
I could quite fancy that last one right now…
The Forager’s Roast? It’s tasty! Makes good sandwiches too.
Sylvie G said:
Each to his own, I say! I’m not a big (red) meat eater but poultry, fish and pork (the other, other white meat ;)) are my jam. Eat what feels abd tastes good to you, Linnet!
Thanks Nancy. I used to be a vegetarian who didn’t like vegetables, but that has changed over time.
Now that right there is hilarious. 🙂
What, vegetarians who don’t like vegetables? Believe me, there are lots!
Looks great actually and if you do find something to taste like bacon and cold meats/sausages/salami but is made out of veg i’m in! I keep wanting to try baconnaise which is supposed to be meat free but can’t find any here… Have you tried it?
And i keep meaning to start cooking quinoa to see how i get on with it
I’ve not tried baconnaise, must look into it! Looks like it contains eggs. Usually we use vegenaise, which is completely vegan but doesn’t taste as good as mayonnaise.
As for quinoa, I’ve not had good luck with it. Mine is usually either too mushy or too firm. And I’m not crazy about the texture. The only time I’ve loved it was in a Peruvian restaurant where they knew exactly how to cook it to perfection!
This does look good! Oh and “Stick to balls you know and love”? – LOL!
Thanks Esther 🙂