Andrew (12): So this is from the new cookbook?
Maureen (enthusiastically): Yes! A month of vegetarianism. This should be interesting.
Andrew: Hmmm. Is all I can say. Then I want you to write, “Andrew pulls an unamused face.” [Andrew pulls an unamused face.]
Nicholas (9): I think it’s false advertising to call the cookbook “Food” but for it to be only vegetarian recipes.
Maureen: I don’t think it’s a bad thing that we eat more vegetables. It’s probably not a bad thing to try. Now what do you think of this?
Tim: I think it’s great.
Maureen: I think it’s lovely.
Andrew: I’m making an unamused face.
Nicholas: It gives me shivers down my spine.
Maureen: You haven’t even tried it yet! This is just like chicken parmigiana, which you love. In fact, I would call this eggplant parmigiana, but Mary wouldn’t.
Andrew (having now tried it): It’s quite good, I must admit. Write, “Andrew pulls a smiley face.” [Andew pulls a smiley face.]
Tim: Is there a lot of cheese?
Maureen: There is a fair amount in there, but it is called “cheese bake.” The evidence is in the name.
Tim: I’m just wondering about the health benefits of this over meat. Given how much cheese is in there, they can’t be that great, surely.
Maureen: Well, at least it’s not red meat, and having a vegetarian dinner ensures that we get enough vegetables today.
Andrew: Do you think there are any unicorn tears in this, Dad?
Tim: Yes! But it’s got to be said that no unicorns were harmed in the making of this dish. Since it’s vegetarian.
Maureen: Would you like for me to make it again? I’ve always loved eggplant parmigiana. I would eat this all the time, if I could.
Tim: Yes. I liked it.
Andrew: I thought it was quite good, but I wouldn’t want to have it in the regular rotation of dinners.
Nicholas: I think it’s just OK.