It can be hard to get past the eewwwww! factor when trying a new way of eating, but I’ve had plenty of practice. I have choked down horse meat in Switzerland, goat meat and cassava in Nigeria, seaweed and raw fish from Japan, and buffalo hump in Pakistan, and you know what? Once I got past the eeewww! factor, those were all pretty tasty. Lucky thing too: In every case, an easily-offended host was watching.
So here I am, looking (in private) at cartons of soy foods (eeeewwwww!): soy milk for my cereal, soy creamer for my coffee, soy cream cheese for my toast, soy tofu instead of meat. And you know what? Once I get past the eeewwwww! factor, my throat has begun to untighten, and my eyes have even, occasionally, turned into happily triumphant half-moons. “Who’d a thunk it?” my dad would have said.
Here’s my soy report so far:
YUM (I will happily eat this again):
Vanilla Light Silk Soymilk on my favorite flax flakes cereal.
Plain Silk Creamer in my coffee (It doesn’t taste funny! I couldn’t believe it!)
YUK (Take it away! Please!)
Vanilla Light Silk Soymilk in coffee (undrinkable)
Yesterday I met my brother and his wife for a post-Christmas Sunday brunch in a restaurant with a great salad bar. I couldn’t resist half and half or an egg, but at home my ricenbeans and veggies prevailed. Tonight I have to bring food to a big New Year’s Eve party. I’m using up the last of my cream cheese to make my always snarfed up green chili/kalamata olive/tortilla pinwheels. I could use Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and no one would know the difference, but why waste the good stuff on people who’d gag if they knew?