One of the benefits of packing up your family and moving 2000 miles away from everyone your daughter has ever known is that in this highly disruptive moment you can totally rethink your kitchen and your family’s habits around food.
In Norwood, we had a well-established treat cabinet where we stashed candy, cookies, and all those other shelf-stable sometimes foods. I did not move this cabinet to Chicago.
I have no place to keep treats anymore, and consequently, nothing to remind me to stock back up on cookies every week or The Six-Year-Old to have a treat everyday on coming home from school. It’s been lovely.
The other change we’ve made since moving to Chicago is adopting Mark Bittman’s Vegan Before Six lifestyle (for the parents at least). I am highly unlikely to ever become a vegan 24/7 for a number of reasons–the main one being my mom’s pepper steak–but I can wrap my head around being a vegan at breakfast, lunch, and snack.
Sometimes, though, I just want a turkey sandwich. What’s a girl to do? The other day, while wandering through America’s Most European Supermarket™, I came across LightLife’s line of Smart Deli faux sandwich meat products.
Mark Bittman puts processed vegan foods like these on his DO NOT EAT list. And I’m sure that he has good reasons for putting them there. But he’s a professional chef, and he’s not here to whip me up a succulent alternative to my turkey sandwich.
So, since his VB6 plan gives my husband the flexibility to continue putting milk in his coffee every morning, I figured I could have a slice or two of processed vital wheat gluten in my sandwich every once in a while.
Which is how I found myself this week, sitting around the kitchen table with Daddyo, with my first faux turkey sandwich on my plate.
Mommyo, chewing: “Wow. Vegan turkey is kind of good.”
Daddyo, dubiously: “Doesn’t seem like it should be.”
Mommyo, informatively: “They make vegan bologna too.”
Daddyo: “That’s like making low humidity water.”