|RE: eating/cooking in cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Apr 94 20:53:53 PDT|
Judy baxter writes: >Does anyone have any experience to share on dealing with various food allergies >and requirements? 1. Some people will not eat community dinner. So it may be less of a problem. 2. Dealing with more than 1 variation/ limitation within cooking for dinner is troublesome in my experience (we currently do dinners for 20). 3. In our community, people with extra special dietary needs tend not to do community dinner much. In general there is a sentiment, perhaps unfair, but that extreme dietary restrictions are a burden on the majority. Creating wheatless, soyless, dairyless, meatless meals is possible, but we don;t do it much. However we don't eat red meat more than once a year and salads, fruit and vegetables are commonly offered. When dishes are made which contain red meat, there is always a non-meat alternative. (Typically the dishes with meat don't get eaten much so we have not had one for several months that I can recall). 4. It is very likely that our typical community dinner fare has filtered out some marobiotic vegans from joining our community. That is ok. Food is one of the many filters which determine whether a place is right. Personally I find the whole politicalizing of food preferences to be annoying. People who get very righteous, almost religous about their food choices and demand that it is the only way are folks I don't usually get along with much anyway. 5. Food choices in our community have changed over time. Due to the interest of a minority, (my wife and I being ringleaders) There is much more use of whole grains, fresh vegetables, and interesting salad greens and herbs in community dinner. A small group started cooking this way and others have followed. We also buy a lot of whole grain food in bulk, which makes it readily available to everyone. For example we get really excellent, whole grain and spinach pasta at a fraction of the cost of white flour store bought pasta. 6. Our community garden gives us some good fresh food on a year round basis. There is a goal to expand our garden someday and even get some chickens to raise for eggs and meat. If this happens, we will have even more fresh, organic food in our dinners.
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