Sharing a kitchen is no easy feat when a carnivore and an herbivore cohabitate.
This became very clear to me when David and I moved in together, despite the fact that each of us prided ourselves on how flexible we were. After the handful of years that we were between spouses, we soon found that while blending families was challenging, blending adults who didn't realize how set in our ways we actually were was even more so.
Particularly tricky was conjuring up meal ideas that would satisfy all 7 of us. While there was no one perfect recipe to please everyone's palate, we had the most success with Mexican-themed dinners like tacos. The vegetarian version was prepared with black beans, green pepper and onion and the non-vegetarian adaptation was complete with a ground beef mixture. The vegetarians were on high alert with the frying pans just two inches apart on the stove top, concerned that a splattering of meat would make its way over to their bean concoction.
Fast forward 11 years, and my man not only carved the Thanksgiving turkey, but I am fairly convinced that had I walked out of the room for a minute, he may have entertained the idea of scoffing down a slice. He didn't admit to it when my daughter Amy asked if he wanted a bite, however. He said he's not going to switch teams over turkey; filet, perhaps, but poultry wouldn't do it for him.
At one point, he even put down the knife in favor of his bare hands to secure every last morsel of turkey left on the bone, which I found particularly impressive.
Let's see what the next decade will bring. I'm fairly certain that I'd become a vegetarian before David would become a meat eater but, you never know...