Day 2: In which the omnivore boyfriend helps cook.
Recently, I’ve being trying to get the omnivore boyfriend to cook and eat with me. This started as a whim and has kind of become a really awesome thing where he is really liking the food we make together. This is important to me because A) he doesn’t ever really seem to care about food or how awesome it is and B) because cooking is one of my favorite activities and I like to share it with the person I love. So I asked him to please pick out a recipe (so I know he can’t say he hates it because even if he does then it’s his fault, right?). This first time, he didn’t. But, relying on what I know about him (he likes broccoli. and pasta.), I picked out this recipe from Urban Vegan, Orecchiette con Broccoli.
I had just gotten out of yoga and he was slightly unprepared, so I went and got some broccoli and (not orecchiete) campanelle (they didn’t have any orecchiette!). The recipe works just as well with any small, chunky pasta. Luckily, I had everything else I needed at home, though it really depleted my olive oil supply. It was everything that pasta needs: olive oil. garlic. spice. broccoli. more olive oil. And, to top it off, some nutritional yeast.
We ended up having a lovely time cooking together, and he loved the pasta! It was honestly one of the first vegan things cooked in our kitchen since we got together that he really loved. Don’t lose hope, daters of omnivores! Just make them pick the recipe (or make something with ingredients you know they’ll love). We drank wine, he was able to do the things I have no patience for (cook garlic on low for 10 minutes) and it all worked out mightily lovely.
All in all, I have to say that it gives a vegan girl some hope. Stay tuned for the next installment, where he actually picked out the recipe that I would never choose for myself that we both loved. It makes fantasy look like real life. Or something.
WordPress spellcheck fun: It does not like the names of Italian pasta.