So, what were Jason and I doing dressed up in formal wear in North London?
Why, going to the taping of the season finale of The F Word, of course.
The whole premise of the show was that they were inviting 50 vegetarians/pescetarians to try meat. Veal to be exact. Now, during our year-long trial of the veggie lifestyle, I broke down and had to incorporate some chicken after the first couple of months. But, considering a piece of veal had never crossed my lips, this was still a big deal for me. I have a thing about veal and lamb. Always have.
The whole thing was that they were making a big deal about "converting" 50 vegetarians. For those of you who don't know the premise of the show, each week they have a dining room of 50 guests and a brigade of amateur chefs cooking the food under Gordon's supervision. Sometimes the chefs are quasi-celebs. For example, ours were two of the girls from All Saints (a British girl group who had mild sucess in the US with the song "Never Ever" back in like 1998 or something) and their moms (I think it was moms. Minor details...). The brigade gets scored on how many diners out of 50 would be happy to pay for their meal.
Anyway, here are two pictures of our 15 minutes of fame. Or, to be more accurate, 15 seconds. Or, to be really accurate, about 3 seconds.
Sorry for the glare on your head, Jason.
Me with my first ever taste of veal. I was very tentative, as you can see. And, my! How fetching I look with a fork stuck in my mouth!
The verdict? Not so much impressed with the veal. Everything I had always heard about veal was that it was "so tender" and blah blah blah. Well, this veal was not what I would call tender. It was chewy and I no likey. I loved the marsala sauce and the veg medly though. And the dessert was heaven - roasted peaches with citrus creme fraiche and raspberry sauce on marzipan and topped with almonds.
What's the final status of our pescetarianism? We do eat meat now but much less of it - we pretty much always use meat substitutes when we cook at home. For the most part, if we eat meat in a restaurant, we try to make sure it's organic, free range and/or ethically sourced. In short, we eat meat but we consume responsibly.
The Croatia post will be up either tomorrow or Friday. Crossies heartsies.