OMG! You guys, this is a big deal. I think the change is starting to happen for my mom, the avid meat-eater! Yesterday morning, I walk into the kitchen and mom is sitting at the table watching Bobby Deen on the Cooking channel make vegan dishes.
I know. I had to do a double take.
Bobby was making a vegan Creme Brulee which immediately got my attention. Here is the recipe. Going to have to try this one!
I swear I felt like I was in a parallel universe, first, seeing Bobby Dean, son of Krispy Kreme bacon burger making Paula Deen, cook vegan food, and then seeing my mom watch him cook.
I sat with mom and watched the show. This was kind of a big deal too because I normally do not watch regular TV. It was some nice bonding time with my mom, and I was feeling a bit closer to her because I felt like she was taking a genuine interest in something that means so much to me.
I was all excited about mom watching a vegan cooking episode, and then this morning, I walk into the kitchen like I did yesterday and mom is cooking. I say to her, "Morning mom! That smells good. What are you cooking?"
She says, "Oh, I'm making Mungo beans vegetarian style. I'm experimenting."
*My jaw hits the floor. I'm frozen in gleeful disbelief.*
I look around the kitchen and seriously wonder if we got transported into another timeline the other night while we were sleeping. Normally, when mom is cooking, I'm always telling her that she needs to eat more veggies especially leafy greens, and she just mostly appeases me with, "Yeah, yeah, sure," and I walk away saying not a word back to my room to work, business as usual.
But today, was different. I did the positive encouraging thing and responded to mom with joyfulness,"Really?! WOW! That's so cool mom. I can't wait to try it when it's ready. I'm so excited that you're experimenting with vegetarian Filipino food. YES!"
My friends, her dish was EX-CELL-ENT!
Of course, I took a picture of her experiment. She did use patis, the fish sauce, so technically the dish is pescatarian. Traditional Filipino Mungo Beans are made with pork and shrimp (or just pork by itself.) Just the fact that my mom took it upon herself to try and make a veggie version of one of our favorite Filipino dishes was HUGE in my book. In fact, it's a ginormous step!
These are the moments that remind me to stay hopeful about creating a better food system. Change can happen, one dish at a time.
(I asked her for the recipe. When I get it, I'll share it.)