Here's my latest rant, posted at the Vegan Freak forum.
OK, so I've decided to sign up for my school's Iron Chef competition. I love cooking so I thought that it would be fun, plus give me an opportunity to challenge myself a bit more.
In any case, we get to know our "secret ingredients" ahead of time. And guess what I was told today?
Yes, chicken. Needless to say, I was pretty annoyed- not only are these ingredients kinda boring (I was expecting something fun and exciting like lentils, eggplant, or quinoa even) but CHICKEN.
SO NOT VEGAN.
So, I tried to explain to the coordinating teacher:
"Chicken? Um, that wouldn't work so well with me. I'm vegan, you see.."
"Oh, sorry but we can't change it. And, well, YOU don't have to EAT it"
"No, that doesn't matter. I don't feel comfortable cooking it"
(I wanted to say 'flesh' but held myself back)
"Oh, well you could just have somebody else do it"
Argh. I still didn't say if I would be participating for sure. But seriously- chicken? Don't they realize that SOMEBODY out there, other than me, could be vegetarian, if not vegan?
There's NO WAY I could feel confortable cooking flesh.
Plus, my guitar broke today so I was already kinda bummed out. But it's all fixed now, so that dilemma is solved.