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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.

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.