Ketchup on a Peach

Delta Moon

We’re home and rested now from the six-week spring tour of Europe. When we started I was determined to eat vegetarian – no meat, eggs or dairy – even in Germany, where the three main food groups are meat, cheese and beer (beer includes bread, which is beer in solid form). But Delta Moon travels pretty light. Sometimes the choice comes down to eating or not eating. And, too, it’s a big world out there; I like to keep an open mind and see what’s worth discovering.

Vegetarianism, for me, is a matter of choice, not conviction. It’s a reasoned decision that at this point in my life it’s the best thing to do. I don’t feel revolted at the idea of eating something that once had a face, but sometimes I have felt – well, hungry.

For the most part, I stuck with the program, living on salads, fruits and nuts and vegetable curry. Yes, there were moments of weakness. In Denmark I had a bite of ox, just to try it. In Weinheim, Germany, we enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner at a restaurant completely run by women, and, under the gaze of so many statuettes and dolls of witches, I went with the flow. Of course, no German tour is complete without a currywurst from the Rock Catering guys outside the Blues Garage in Isernhagen. And in a Portuguese restaurant in Hamburg how could I resist gambas á James Brown?

But the most spectacular fall off the wagon came when I bought a bratwurst on the street after our show in Berlin. Just look at that.

Bratwurst

While we’re on the subject of food, the prize for the most unusual item goes to Bluesiana in Velden, Austria, for ketchup on a peach.

Ketchup on a peach

We asked Gundi Kofler, who ran the club and prepared our dinner, if ketchup on a peach was an Austrian tradition. She said, no, it was something her mother used to do, and she had served it to us on a whim. It tasted exactly like ketchup on a peach. But it fit the scene. Bluesiana is a wonderful venue with – I’m including a photo so you’ll know I’m not making this up – an automated nine-pins bowling lane in the dressing room.

Franher bowling ninepins

(Thanks to the Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria, for the photo at top.)

5 replies
  1. Tina
    Tina says:

    The « Eat To Live » philosophy is so convincing!
    Last winter only few pages of that book were enough to stop me eating meat, eggs and dairy at once. At least until today when my mum prepared a lovely Wiener Schnitzel for me 🙂 – I just could not refuse. Now I feel as if I have swallowed some stones and instead of sleeping … I just noticed, it´s already after midnight (here in Germany).
    So may I wish you a very happy birthday with many happy returns…!
    Joie de vivre!
    With peaches and ketchup!

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  2. Tom Gray
    Tom Gray says:

    Thank you, Tina! Yes, it was “Eat to Live” that got me started on this course. But I firmly believe there is something special about a mother’s cooking that makes it above all restrictions. Anyway, I hope you feel better tomorrow.

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  3. Tina
    Tina says:

    Perfect, thank you. And I wish there has been waiting a delicious homemade birthday cake with vanilla icing on top for you today to follow Mr. Joel Fuhrman´s 90% rule.

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