Earlier this week, we had visitors from Sweden; friends from our Uppsala University days 23 years ago.
Swedes typically have a strong culinary culture of meat, potatoes, dairy and bread. Not being a natural cook, I ruminated often over the past several months on what to serve them (Scandinavians in general take their vacations seriously and plan well in advance) .
I ended up having back to back appointments during the day of their arrival so luckily had the idea of just ordering dinner from my friend, Nimita, whose Ayurvedic food is mostly vegan and all of it beyond delicious!
I decided before they arrived that I wouldn’t mention anything about the whole “vegan” thing, but rather just focus on enjoying their company.
Toward the end of the evening, however, I couldn’t help myself and said, “thanks for being such good sports about our vegan dinner.” To which they responded, drumroll please, “we’re mostly vegetarian now and were so looking forward to some good vegetarian food.”
Turns out, their 15 year old daughter even wrote a paper for school about the devastating impacts of animal agriculture on our environment.
What a wonderful surprise! Things are happening, people! Let’s keep this conversation going!
We have three more sets of visitors from assorted European countries over the next two weeks so who knows what’s in store, but I’m looking forward to finding out!