It's strange what we get into our heads and what we think is a thing but it turns out not to necessarily or always be the case, for us yesterday it was about pasta. Dan told his parents he is vegan.
It was... interesting. Dan's dad spoke to us about nutrition, which even his wife found funny as he hasn't cooked anything for as long as anyone can remember and doesn't have the greatest diet in the world, he takes his own tins of tuna with him when they go on holiday because, you know, food from other places. We went back and forth about the milk thing for their cup of tea and in the end Dan said they could have soy milk or do without (no-one has any allergies). So he just made tea and didn't mention it, he was greeted with "that's a champion cup of tea, you've done that before". Success! I think the Booja-Booja truffles may have helped (we bought them with a voucher we had from Holland and Barrett).
Dan's mum was concerned about calcium, so we went through that and she seemed sceptical but accepting. Again she has a very restricted diet and doesn't really bother herself with nutrition so we decided between us that no lectures were in order. We did have to have the protein, what if your neighbours had hens and offered you the eggs, and what about cake discussions (she had a slight vested interest in this one) but it went fairly smoothly. She now wants proof that the cake mix + fizzy pop = cake thing works!
The one thing that she couldn't get out of her head was that we wouldn't be able to eat pasta. I assured her many times that I am too stingy to buy fresh pasta anyway but that dried pasta is egg free so we can still eat as much pasta as we like (which isn't all that much). She was then fascinated to know the nutritional value of pearl barley, because she really likes it but had never thought about it before. Isn't is funny what we focus on given a free choice.