Yesterday was a major test of the vegan eating plan. My extended family met at the Utica Picnic and had a family style fried chicken and ham dinner. The Utica Picnic is a yearly fundraiser for the Utica Lutheran Church. It takes place in a wooded area that has hosted this picnic for decades. The locals come out in droves and the church members serve lots of home cooking, family style and ala carte. From hot beef sandwiches and full fat ice cream to fresh garden vegetables and country ham it is a major test of willpower.
This year I made it about spending time with family, and not about the food. Avoiding the meats, rolls, and cake left lots of room for fresh garden tomatoes, potato salad, pepper slaw, peaches, apple sauce, green beans, homemade beet and cucumber pickles. The food was delicious but not necessary for a great time.
So, I passed the test and really enjoyed seeing my family. No one asked why I wasn’t eating meat or gave me a hard time, though my brother did offer me a piece of vanilla cake with peanut butter frosting. I wasn’t even tempted.