Thursday, October 19, 2006

Brats & Kraut

We took a cue from our blogging friend Bazu tonight and made a German-style dinner of Tofurkey beer brats cooked with sauerkraut and potatoes. Were they still around my German grandparents might question the vegan brats but they're really pretty good - without all the cruelty and who-knows-what miscellaneous junk that goes into any traditional sausage. On the side are what might be the last of the green beans from our garden.

3 comments:

mark said...

I must say I do a lot of traveling and being a non-meat eater is very different in different countries (or parts thereof). Germany is one of the most challenging -- there seem to be meals galore replete with myriad shapes and textures of sausages, beyond one's wildest imagination. Oh yeah, and maybe a boiled potato and a scrap of lettuce for me! But I also must admit, as a former meat-eater, that it often looks awfully good. As does your dinner tonight. Sorry to be so long winded. Really I just meant to say nice job!

bazu said...

Yay, Brats! Thanks so much for trying this.
By the way, I agree with Mark about traveling in Germany. Before I was vegan, I was in a restaurant, and I ordered white asparagus (because it was the season and all the restaurants were featuring it.) The waitress stared at me, and asked, "what do you want with that?" It turned out you could only get the white asparagus if you got some sort of meat on the side. However, like most of Europe, Germany is also full of organic produce, and everything is labeled very very carefully. So it's both a carnivore and a vegan paradise!

Chris said...

Thanks Mark & Bazu! I've heard that about Germany though I've yet to go there (maybe someday I'll trace my roots). Fortunately for us former meat-eaters there are so many soy and gluten base substitutes out there. We try not to rely on such things often but sometimes they can bring back some past memories.

It is nice that in most of Europe there's lots of organics and much better labeling laws. Maybe one of these days in the U.S. but I'm not holding my breath...