Thursday, November 30, 2006

If you are a vegetarian, please don't get mad at me...

You guys are so nice to me… I’m totally blushing… And embarrassed…

Sometimes these gloomy things/posts just come over me. Could be hormones, could be the weather. I have no idea. Probably both. I prefer to blame the weather, though… El Nino and Global Warming are responsible for me being grumpy. And I’m absolutely going to write a letter to the Kyoto people to hurry up on that protocol, or else I’ll start driving people around me crazy…

And now I’m going to shock and upset the vegetarians:

See, it turns out that I’ve been all tired and irritated cause I have very low iron levels. (Pregnancy anemia is apparently pretty common). But I can’t stomach the iron pills for some reason. They make me even grumpier and sicker. And they are about as pleasant as swallowing real nails… (I mean, really, iron pills? Who came up with that concept?) So… I’ve started occasionally nibbling on things like chicken parts… Which I haven’t done in soooo many years… But I guess when you get all breathless from just the thought of going up the stairs, principles go by the wayside… And I’m becoming a part-time carnivore. Isn’t that horrible? And hypocritical?

Yup, it is…

It’s official…

I’m a hypocrite…

And not only am I a hypocrite, I’m also an absolute weirdo who likes chicken liver. It’s true. My carnivore husband can’t stand it, but I looove it… Except I only love it in one special way. A pâté that my dad makes for me. Even though I know that the recipe is ridiculously simple, something about him making it makes it sooo much better. But I successfully negotiated the above-mentioned recipe out of him, just so that those of you with liver-averse kids can try it out… (See? I can be so thoughtful :-) )

You’ll need 1 medium or large carrot, 1 onion, a pack of chicken livers (I think those are usually about half a pound or so), about 100 grams of softened butter (my dad just eyeballs 1/5 or 1/4th of the standard butter pack, which is 454g around here). Plus salt and pepper to taste.

Slice and fry the onion and the carrot (in oil, of course). Separately fry the chicken livers (till cooked – i.e. fry first, then cover to let it simmer). Keep the butter at room temperature long enough for it to soften. Then put all the ingredients in a food processor. Blend very well.


I like to chill it in the fridge for a while and then spread it over a nice white (or whole wheat) toast.

And that’s pretty much the only way I can get my iron right now.

My apologies go out to all the chickens out there… But you gals are just too irresistible right now.

And irreplaceable…

Posted by vasilisa @ 1:27 AM

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I am a vegetarian, and I'm not mad at you. :)

My husband isn't a fan of liver, but he does have this weird infatuation with beef jerky. I think it's the grossest food imagineable. It looks like...dried muscles. But he thinks it's heaven. To each his own, I guess!

Posted by Blogger Kelley @ 12:06 PM #

Hey Lisa! Don't worry, you are talking to a girl who grew up vegetarian until 16 and then started to eat meat. Welcome to the club:)

Your health and the baby's are important,everything else is secondary.Enjoy the chicken etc.

I have got beautiful unsual Jell-o in my new post.You might like it.
Have a great weekend:)

Posted by Blogger Asha @ 1:34 PM #

Foodwise, you need to do whatever works, ESPECIALLY when you're pregnant.

And I LOVE the carton! ;)

Posted by Blogger PunditMom @ 2:39 PM #

You gotta do what you gotta do. I was a vegetarian for ten years before my little girl kept feeding me her meals, which had meat in them.

Posted by Anonymous Daddy Forever @ 4:16 PM #

Chicken livers are so vile. My friend Tristan loooooves them too. I agree with hubby. I would rather eat nails than ANY kind of liver -- and I am not a vegan.

Feel better and feel good. :D)

Posted by Blogger Alexys Fairfield @ 6:24 PM #

Peanut butter sandwiches are also better when someone else makes them.

Enjoy your chicken. I hope you feel better!

Posted by Anonymous Leslie @ 3:34 AM #

I'm quasi-vegi. Easiest way to explain it is that I don't eat mammals, so I do eat chicken, but I feel guilty about it.

Oh, that picture is so sad! : )

Posted by Blogger Anali @ 1:26 PM #

Chicken livers aren't that bad, much better I think than the vegetarian-friendly source of iron which is marmite.

Posted by Blogger RichM @ 9:58 AM #
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I'm a 29 year old mom of two! A toddler (kiddo one) and a new baby (kiddo junior). I am also the most horrible (as in I barely ever do it) cook that I have met in my life. This blog is a diary of my attempts to feed my hungry growing family

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