Mrs. O has moved into the veggie camp, for very good reasons of her own, and so the cook (me) has been learning New Tricks. It still feels an awful lot like I'm trying to write a story without being able to use adjectives or pronouns, but making friends with tofu is having its charms. The one thing we're really missing is a bit more of a "meaty" experience. A non-vegetarian friend recommended Soyrizo, saying she now prefers it to the lips-and-snouts original, and it does taste a lot like the real thing. So now I'm seeing all kinds of meatless bratwurst, hot dogs, Italian sausage and the like at Whole Foods and other places, and am interested in trying some. I am not however interested in making a pot of something with an expensive meatless substitute that renders the whole dish all but inedible.
It's not that I mind experimenting, but I have a horror of throwing food away, especially when it was not cheap (because, well, I sort of am). So who among us has tried one or more of these things and found them good? Or vile? The Soyrizo, for instance, has the flavor down pat, but not the feel of meat; it's like spicy mush, or soft sawdust. Is there any fake meat that has both flavor and chew? Or is that asking too much of plant protein? Now, we're talking vegetarian here, not vegan, so there is some possible leeway.