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As if people didn’t already have prejudice against vegetarians as nutjobs who at weird food… researchers have produced a vegetarian steak containing human shit. LOVELY. The thing that I find most puzzling is that the video says the steak gets it’s meat flavour from the soy protein, which means the human poo just adds proteins to the dish and not taste. Soy protein is very healthy and nutritious, and so is tofu and quorn, so I fail to see why they felt they had to develop ANOTHER source of proteins when there already is several alternatives. The problem with artificial meat is the consistency and the flavour. I forgot some of the vegetarian food I was supposed to review in a refrigerator in Norrtälje, but all the artificial steaks I’ve tasted so far haven’t tasted at all like actual meat. Veggie meatballs are tasty, soy sausages and burgers are almost like the fabricated original, but ready-made steaks that taste decent are impossible to find. Some people are really good with vegetarian cooking and can do it themselves though.



Vegan/Vegetarian slice-able salami from Topas.

This sausage (approx. 10 cm long) cost roughly $4 and was bought at a speciality food store in Stockholm. I’ve been a vegetarian for 1 ½ years, and avoided eating fake sandwich meat both due to the weird taste and to a stomach bug that occurred after first tasting them.

The main ingredient in this salami is wheat protein. The consistency is a lot a like real sandwich meat. It doesn’t taste significantly different from the slices of other fake sausages I’ve tasted before; like most of them, I think the manufacturers are way to liberal with the paprika. The paprika adds a nice colour to the sausage, and since most of the vegan/vegetarian brands promotes themselves as being organic and not using any artificial colours I can see why they choose it. Original salami and sausages in general doesn’t have any paprika flavour, and you wouldn’t be able to trick someone into believing they were eating real meat if you gave them this product.

I personally didn’t like the taste, but if you like the other fake sausage products you will probably enjoy this too. If any manufacturers are reading this, I urge you to stop using paprika and study the ordinary ingredients in salami more thoroughly. Like in my last food review, I think the product would be much better if they spent more time finding the right spices instead of making it look good.

Come back later to read my review about the snack sausage. Other things on my list for reviewing is vegetarian/vegan Chow Mein, chili snack sausage and beef jerky.

Last Saturday I went on a mission to buy a lot of vegetarian fake meat-products that I hadn’t tried before. I’ve written about the vegetarian salmon and shrimps before, this time I’m going to start with the cevapcici. Cevapcici is a Bosnian dish made of minced meat rolled into tiny sausages. It shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate as  a vegetarian option, since there are a several good alternatives to minced meat to use as a base.

I bought a package of read-made Cevapcici from a store called Good Store in Stockholm. The brand is, as you can see, called Viana. Sorry for the blurry photo, I had to use my cellphone’s camera.

^ and this is what they looked like once I’ve fried them. I served them with some sallad, potatoes and a tomato-chick pea sauce.

The verdict: While they looked very tasty, I found that they didn’t taste much like cevapcici at all. Quorn, tofu and soy were all listed as ingredients, which I think was too much and made the pieces to dry. The packaging said that they would be hot, but I digress. I couldn’t taste any of the spices that you normally use on cevapcici. They weren’t all bad either, because they went very well with the sauce and the consistency was nice. On the backside of the package there is some serving ideas, one of which is serving it as a cocktail dish. I would recommend against it, because they’re too dry and need sauce to be appreciated. I think the manufacturers definitely spent most of their time perfecting the looks rather than replicating the taste of the original dish, which is something I’ve felt about their other dishes as well. A lot of the fake meat-products taste the same, but look impressively similar to whatever meat they’re replicating. I will try to make my own vegetarian cevapcici to see if I can do better than them.

Coming up next is reviews of vegetarian salami and a snack sausage.

Check out this thing I’m drinking. I can’t really recommend it for its taste (blergh) but maybe it’ll keep me healthy? + it looks cool. It’s a gingseng root in a bottle.

Speaking of weird drinkable and edible things, I’ll celebrate Christmas tomorrow. Me and my older sister are both vegetarians so we got a lot of mock-meat stuff… the weirdest thing gotta be the vegetarian salmon. I’ll snap a photo of it tomorrow. I have no idea how to cook it.

1). One of these…

2). … or these?

This is why I became a vegetarian, MWAHAHHAHAHA. I want those tiny vegetables to suffer more! It is, by the way, now 6 months since I decided to convert. I think I should get a badge or something, like a swimming badge or one of those AA coins.

The funny thing is that the night before I found this, I asked AMA:

“Scenario: Someone put a curse on you and you will in 5 minutes be transformed into a vegetable in someone’s kitchen, but you will have all your ordinary cognitive and sensory functions intact. You get to choose which vegetable to transform into. What do you choose and why?

I think it would be worst to be a potato, since people usually peel their skin off and then boil them, and if you’re really unlucky after you’ve been boiled they might make mashed potatoes out of you. I would therefore choose a vegetable that decayed quickly, so they either ate me or threw me away relatively fast. I don’t think a cucumber would be a good idea since they’re rather big and most people usually amputate them piece by piece over a span of several days. Because of this I would probably choose to be turned into a radish, plus a lot of people dislike them and aren’t going to eat them.”

The answers had 4 different trends:

One group picked a vegetable that was less likely to be eaten or prepared in painful ways: The most popular answer was brussel sprouts since most people would just throw them away.

Another group picked a vegetable after it’s ability to exert revenge on it’s reaper. One poster wanted to be a vegetable contaminated with Ecoli, another wanted to be a really potent onion that would sting the eyes of it’s perpetrator.

A third group of people picked vegetables after their likeliness to end up inside a woman’s vagina. Cucumbers and carrots were the only vegetables present in these answers.

The forth group of answers were replies to the posters in group 1 about how they would suffer in numerous ways if they ever ended up in their kitchen. Group 4 didn’t have a common vegetable, but several agreed that they would eat all the brussel sprouts in group 1.

… in other words, I’m not the only one who spends time thinking about these kinds of things.

vegetarian shrimps

Posted: June 16, 2010 in food
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I ate them for dinner, mostly out of curiosity. They didn’t taste bad, but the consistency was a bit freaky. I think they would be tastier if I cooked them like the deep fried shrimps they serve at Chinese restaurants.This time I only fried them with garlic and chili and ate it with rice. Dad accidentally forgot to wash his hands between chopping the chili and going to the bathroom to pee and thus got chili on places you do not want chili, hehe.

The place that sells these sell vegetarian/vegan salmon, lobster and squid as well. They don’t just imitate the taste either, they actually do a pretty good job at imitating the look t0o. My stomach feels pretty confused right now (or maybe I’m just nauseous). I think if they had a more distinct taste, I’d like them more, but now I was more weirded out by the fact that I ate something that looked like a shrimp, tasted mostly of chili and garlic, and had a consistency that reminded me of a snail.

Edit: OK, apperantely I’m on my period, so I can’t really blame the shrimps for the nausea. Unless, of course, I’m not at all on my period, but actually peeing blood, in which case I’m kind of screwed and will blame the shrimps without mercy.

I haven’t seen this in any store but I found it online… If I saw it I would probably buy it just to see how it tasted like.