Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Turkey and Tofu

Do ya'll realize Thanksgiving is only, what, 10 days away? I think it is 10...but I'm far too lazy to get up to check the calendar...all the way in the kitchen...on the other end of the house...

Mr G ordered our turkey from Brighter Day...their last free range turkey...I'm hoping since we're payin' two-something a pound for Mr. Tom (are all turkeys that make it to the table males? I've always thought of them as *males*...but perhaps not) that there will be a marked difference in taste...of course, the best turkey I've ever had was smoked turkey...but other than than, turkey is kind of like chicken, isn't it? it only tastes like what you put on it...sort just...bland...

(and trust me...it absolutely about killed my cheap self to give the nod to ordering a turkey for two-plus a pound when deep down in my heart I know that the grocery stores will be selling them for next to nothing this coming week...and even cheaper after the holidays...this turkey better taste beyond very good...)

One of these days, I hope to completely eliminate animal products from my diet...I've not eaten cows or pigs for years now...but I just don't seem to be able to make that step to completely eliminating flesh products from my diet (that is gross sounding, I know, but let's call a spade a spade)...

About two months ago, I actually bought a small container of organic lite (that is how they spelled it..."lite"...drive me crazy too) something-tofu...and I fully intended to use that pricey little container of stuff...I checked out tofu cookbooks from the library...looked through my issues of Vegetarian Times (check out their Tofu Turkey...just cracks me up)...and yet I couldn't make myself peel back that film atop the container...I don't know why I'm just so hesitant about The Stuff...

days passed...then weeks...until one day I decided it was into the breach...I was going to serve tofu-something that night or there would be no dinner at Number 17 (please read that last bit in the manner of Katherine Hepburn's character reciting "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight" in The Desk Set...I love that movie) ...

but I couldn't find the Tofu...

at first, I thought I must have just not looked everywhere in the fridge (I know...that is stupid...but you know how you keep looking in the same place for something...it isn't there...it isn't there...it isn't there...and then, ta-dah, said object(s) magically reappears...and you wonder if that, um, extremely brief experimental period* in high school is comin' back to haunt you...or if another discussion with your gyn about HRT isn't such a bad idea...)

but as finding the Missing Tofu wasn't all that high of a priority on my List, for several days, I would wander to the fridge, open the door and peer a little hopefully into the disarray, thinking I would see The Stuff...

Then, I began to think Mr G had pulled a fast one on me and tossed The Stuff...I had thought about the possibility of this as I put the groceries away the day I brought Tofu into our happy home...and so made sure the Tofu wasn't positioned front-and-center at Mr G's eye level...

but fielding an accusation like that requires concrete evidence...I had none...

so even more time passed...once in a while I'd still wonder what happened to that Tofu...and then one day I decided to clean the veggie bins...and discovered our top bin has a space behind it...

just perfectly sized to hide a small white container of tofu...


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*said extremely brief experimental period may, in fact, be referring to the day we [several close high school friends and myself] piled into my orange VW bug...appropriately nicknamed "Orange Blossom"...drove to every McDonald's in the city, ordering caramel sundaes with nuts and eating them until we were all sick

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Ohhh, you'll have to let us know how the turkey turns out. We always go to my Great Aunt's house for Thanksgiving, so we rarely make turkey, but DH decided he'd like to have some for "leftovers" this year and so we got a pretty large turkey breast. I plan to slow cook it in the crockpot. Never done it before. We'll see. ;)

Patty said...

Hope mr turkey will grace your table with abundant goodness, he should at that price : ) But I am sure he will be better tasting than whats found for pennies a pound, injected with who knows what.
I laughed at the story of the Orange Blossom ! Sounded like a great time.

Belle-ah said...

NO....today it is only 7 days away if you don't count the remaining 3+ hours left in today! I can't believe it...and then Christmas.........yes, I am just shocked...how could this happen? Why was I not told????

Rowan said...

We don't have Thanksgiving in the UK (thank goodness, couldn't cope with two big celebrations so close), so I only have one turkiey each year at Christmas, it's a fresh Norfolk Bronze and comes from an organic farm in Wiltshire, it costs an arm and a leg and is worth every penny for both the taste and the fact that I know it had a good life before it graced my table. As for Tofu - I'm with Mr G, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole! :):)

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