05 December 2006

Preparing for the newest gourmet

Now that D-day is around the corner, I've been quite caught up with things... Was it this hectic last time around?? I don't remember. I don't think so.

This time around, the rigmarole is starting to show signs of getting 'Lost in Translation'. I had a very exhausting 2 hour interview with the nutritionist at the hospital a couple of days ago. Somehow by the time I got through to her about what I eat and don't eat, I was quite ready to give up and tell her just give me rice and curds, and I'll get my own pickles, thank you. Being a vegetarian in this neck of the woods isn't all that easy.

First I had to explain that I don't eat meat and fish. No fish?? Yes, ma'am, no fish. So the nutritionist gets some printouts from her file and my translator asked me whether fish is 'meat'. Now, how on earth does one answer that? So the next step was to explain that I was NOT vegan, and that I could take milk, cheese and other dairy products. Yes, eggs are OK too. No, I do not mind eating tofu and eggs every day to make up for nutrition components.

Then I had to explain that chicken, beef and pork are not OK, neither are ham, bacon or sausages. By the time we got through that part, I was so tired. Then came the kicker. 'So does that mean prawn, shrimp and crabs are alright?' Sigh... we were back to square one. And the poor lady went through a list of vegetables to find out what was OK and what was not! After a point I gave up saying 'every vegetable is fine, every single one', and stuck to okaying each individual vegetable as it was read out.

I don't know who was more shocked by my diet, the nutritionist or the translator. I'm sure they think I'm from another planet. But I'm quite impressed that the hospital is taking this much trouble to accomodate the diet of a vegetarian. Do keep in mind that vegetarianism is totally unheard of here in Japan, especially in the backwoods like where we live. The nutrition consultant did ask if I had any favourite dishes, and would I give them the recipes for any special preparations that I would need. My sister thinks I should have asked them for dosai and sambar!

I'm signing off for a few days. I have lots and lots of lovely recipes and pics to post, but haven't got down to doing any serious blogging in days. The latest addition to the family is due in a couple of days, and I'm feeling quite tense. I have been through this entire rigmarole once before, but not quite like a 'Stranger in a Strange Land'. And do drop me a line for any interesting post-natal recipes that you think I'd like. Variety is welcome, anyday!

So start guessing folks.. will this be a boy or a girl??


Lakshmik said...

Hi Vidhya

Congratulations! Sure will drop in recipes. Take rest and best of luck!

Laskhmiammal said...

Hi Vidya,
Do take care of your health.You can check my blog for inji poondu kuzhambhu and fenugreek pongal for post natal diet.Helps a lot in recovery and lactation.May God be with you.

Asha said...

Hi Vidya, congratulations.You are almost there! Take it easy and enjoy every moment:))

A girl?!