after my thoughts about vegetarianism the other day i noticed that i might not be cut out for it at all: for one, if i was a vegetarian, i figured i would clearly not choose this path for animal rights reasons. i would choose it for health reasons - my health, that is. i want to be healthier, i want to be fitter, i want to avoid all the the junk, the bad food additives and the e-numbers . i want to go organic with everything i eat, actually. including meat. i want to support local agriculture, local producers and i want to enjoy the harvest of my home soil.
being a vegetarian takes a lot of passion and devotion i guess. something that i lack most of the time, because i am a lazy person. i cheat. if i work out for 24 minutes i tell myself that i exercised for half an hour. see? i cheat! i totally lie to myself and i even believe it! i could never be a devoted vegetarian - i would always be a cheater. and not eating meat that often does not make me anything else than a person that does not eat meat that often.
thinking about banishing meat from my diet triggered a weird string of events: barbecue lunch invitations, very special bargain offers of various meats in my supermarket, delicious left overs from a party ... suddenly i see meat everywhere!! and i crave it every time! pork, that delicious pork!
it is almost like there's a pink elephant in the room and i am not allowed to talk about it because i made those remarks about turning into a vegetarian.
self-awareness is a good thing, right?
so there you go.
i can not be a vegetarian.
i just can't.
and i will have pork pockets tonight. i have not eaten pork in years and suddenly my body (my mind?) demands it. and i will totally give in. just like oscar wilde said: "the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it ... i can resist everything but temptation." yes, i know exactly what he meant by that.
i am weak, and i like it.
3 mini steaks
a knob of butter
a bell pepper
100 ml of cream (i used rama cremefine)
275 g of puff pastry
- season steaks with salt and pepper
- in a pan, melt a knob of butter and briefly brown the steaks
- in the meantime preheat oven to 180 °c
- take the meat out of the pan
- dice the vegetables and fry them in the same pan
- add the cream and the fennel seeds and let simmer for a while to reduce the liquid
- season to taste
- cut the puff pastry in 3 big pieces, place the mini steak in the middle and arrange the veggies on the meat
- fold together and bake at 180 °c for about 30 minutes. increase temperature to 220 °c and bake for another 15 minutes