You can have your turkey and eat it too!
Turkeys are not particularly beautiful creatures. There is no ‘awwwwww” factor when you see a turkey strutting around like there is when you see a little duck or a really colorful rooster; at least not for me that is. Before I was vegetarian turkey was my go-to meat. There was just something delightful about a turkey sandwich from the deli-sliced thin, a little mayo and lettuce…yum. And then I became a vegetarian and gladly gave up my deli favorite. Recently though I walk into a deli and my mouth waters. My friend eats a turkey sandwich and I stare at him longingly. Seriously, turkeys are not cute anyway so why should I care?
At the end of the day it has nothing to do with the cute factor. On a recent trip to WFAS I had a chance to meet some gobblers in the flesh. While there’s still no “awwwww” factor when I look at them, I am kind of in awe of them now. They were just so cool. They strutted around the farm meeting people and saying hello. I also learned that the skin on turkeys’ head changes color. In the same way a mood ring adjust to how you’re feeling the skin on a turkey changes from red to blue to white depending on if it’s distressed or excited. Who knew? I know I sure didn’t.
So how did I solve my drooling-all-over-deli-cases-and-my-friend’s-turkey-sandwich problem? I went on my very own turkey hunt through the local food co-op. Tofurkey Oven Roast finally did the trick, and it turns out that I can have my turkey and eat it too!