Flexitarian… quite a ridiculous word, isn’t it?
A few generations ago, eating meat only a few times a week was common. Meat was Sunday roast or poultry occasionally.
Further back, most people had meat only a few times a year. A cow was for milk, not meat, only during winter cattle was butchered when the milk was thin, chicken were for eggs, not meat. Pigs were also for preserving for winter time, bacon, ham, sausages. Game was for the local lord, and you wouldn’t get caught poaching, as it – worst case – meant death or losing a hand. Fish were not regarded as meat and were mostly easy to catch.
So when did we start eating so much meat?
My best guess is that we, (in Denmark at least)from the fifties on became increasingly wealthier. Farming became more productive, due to efficient pesticides, fertilizers, tractors and agricultural equipment. Meat became cheaper.
Today, no meal without meat.
Denmark is an agricultural country by tradition. However, recurring crisis in farming has killed off most small farmers and today farming is big scale production. A farmer can easily produce 25.000 units of pigs or 250.000 units of poultry a year. Yes units, it’s not animals any longer.
Veganism has not only entered the food world, it’s an increasing industry too. If a product is labelled vegan, then it must be good for you, the environment, the animals that didn’t die and politically correct too? Wrong, but I’ll write more on this in another post at a later time.
However, the idea of being meatfree some days a week, is appealing. Of course this has to have its own word, Flexitarian. Again a politically correct word you can use to bash other people with. Why not just say, “we eat meatfree dinners once or twice a week”, instead?
Being the mum and master chef in our household, it’s my responsibility we eat healthy and my children learn healthy cooking. It’s also my responsibility that they get a varied diet.
So I’ve tried to introduce meatfree dinners. Traditional salads, but also salads with lentils, peas, cous cous, bulge, amaranth and so on…
Next step had been to replace the meat. Meaning I’m trying to make patties from soy granulate beans and lentils, with onions and lots of spices for the taste.
They eat them, but nobody likes them.
Next step will be to introduce delicious slow cooked oven dishes, simmer food, stews and lasagne when the autumn sets in. Can anybody recommend a site or a book?
We’ll still have meat most days, but I hope to learn my boys a thing or two about food before they leave home for college and survive on Pasta Bolognese.