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Being guilt free. Now I've seen the videos from the food industry and know I was Ignorantly supporting their endeavors.
Eel. I always loved going out with my step grandmother or father to a sushi restaurant as it marked a special occasion and often I would get unagi (grilled or teriyaki eel). It's something that you can't replicate and I never find fake versions in the store. Other than most fish and chicken, meat mostly just disgusts me now.
We had Vegan NC pulled pork BBQ on a bun at a local restaurant. It was wonderful, but the recipe is a secret. I wish that I could make it!
I miss liver dumpling soup :( it was a food from my childhood. I do still eat fish sometimes (for me its a Jesus thing) but i really dont miss meat in general. When my mom makes meat now to be honest the smell grosses me out.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, I was put on a vegan diet as part of my treatment. The hardest things to give up were sausages and cheese! Having tried just about all the substitutes out there, I now enjoy Field Roast sausages (especially the Italian style, with peppers and onions), and Go Veggie! cheese shreds. Excellent!
Probably fish. I try to make vegan versions and rarely succeed, but I sometimes buy vegan versions from the store.
Bacon! Also tuna sandwiches, pepperoni pizza, and smores. But mostly bacon. I've been veggie for 25 years so have adapted most of my recipes to be meatless. There are so many more recipes now than when I converted. No craving can stand up to being able to look a cow in the eye with a clear conscience!
I miss ham and seafood like shrimp, mussels, scallops. I also miss chitterlings and hog maws. I have learned how to get the ham, chitterlings and hog maws taste but I still haven't found anything to give me that seafood taste. But I'm still working on it
I loved spicy cured meats, so I found a recipe for vegetarian seitan-based sausages. I experimented with flavor combinations, and I can now make killer veggie pepperoni and Italian sausages.
I love strong flavors, and I very much enjoy all the spices I discovered in ethnic veg foods, but I miss the old "stinky" foods, such as sardines, anchovies, or stinky cheeses like Roquefort, Stilton, overripe Brie. Flavor is relatively easy to imitate in vegan foods, but the texture is more difficult, for instance I haven't found a good generic substitute for the fluffiness of egg whites in baking. I would appreciate any suggestions, thank you.
BBQ baby back ribs.... Boca makes a meatless rib packaged in its own delicious BBQ sauce
The ONLY thing I miss is bacon when Im camping
Actually, I've been a vegetarian for so long, I don't really miss anything. I've found a more creative me in the foods I prepare and it's always fun to devise something new in a recipe. Love the vt recipes. Eating out can be problematic, since in my are of the USA vegetarian dishes are few and far between.
Milk...all the soy, rice drinks just don't work for me.
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