Wednesday, 21 April 2010
I stopped wanting to eat meat recently. Something has happened to my head ever since I got cats. Basically, I've gone all mushy and, having seen their personalities develop and how attached to me they've become, it has totally put me off the idea of eating meat. I was a very happy meat eater so it has been hard. But the thought of eating a piece of rare lamb or a chewy sausage is really not appealing to me these days. I even turned down chorizo in the pub last night. Serious.
I think the turning point came when I was chatting to a friend who works in sustainability and mentioned that I was toying with the idea of cutting out meat, or just eating meat that I can be sure is from a good source. She pointed out that that was why she hadn't shared the meat dish in a sushi restaurant we'd just been to. When you think about it, who knows where a lot of restaurants, with their eye firmly on the bottom line, are getting their meat?
I decided it had to be all or nothing as that's just how it goes with me. I've done a few weeks now and am feeling quite happy about it. But I do occasionally think about Bodeans. And I'm still eating fish. I haven't worked that one out just yet.
As it's just an instinct at the moment, I really want to do a bit of reading and am keen to watch Food, Inc. to clue myself up about the broader picture. Any suggestions on reading? Why did you turn vegetarian? Or, why are you a happy meat eater? Oh, and recipe resources would be good too, if you have any to share?
PS: Sorry for the ridiculously cutesy picture. But this is the kind of thing that's taking me down these days! Alice's lamb pictures also took me down, recently.
[Another Youneak pic steal. Sorry you guys! But I am a fan of your work.]