This week is National Vegetarian Week and the Vegetarian Society is trying to encourage as many people as possible to go veggie, at least for a while, to experience what it claims are the benefits for your health. So I thought I might as well have a go at a little challenge I’ve been meaning to set myself for some time, and become vegetarian for a few days to see the effect it has on my shopping bill.
How difficult can it be? After all, I’ve always been quite fond of vegetarian style meals. When I was single, living in London in a house share and skint I often ate veggie food because meat was expensive, not to mention the fact that my cooking skills then were non-existent and I’d been put off cooking meat by accidentally poisoning my flatmate once with off-chicken, but that’s another story! Luckily she survived and still talks to me – well, occasionally…Interestingly the Vegetarian Society website also recommends a vegetarian diet to avoid food poisoning! And when I cook for myself now I often cook pasta dishes or curries that only contain vegetables, although admittedly mainly out of laziness.
But on second thoughts I’m wondering whether I might have bitten off more than I can chew, to pardon the terrible pun. When I mentioned the idea to DJ this morning – a confirmed meat eater – he wasn’t terribly impressed and didn’t wish to join in with the challenge, so it looks as though I may have to tread this path alone. In fact as if to rub salt into the wound, he muttered something about buying steak for his tea this evening…
And when we went to the supermarket this lunchtime, as we were both working from home and had run out of lots of things, it became clear that it wouldn’t be all that easy. “Do you want some prawns?” DJ asked me. “Oh yes!” I replied without thinking, as there is a delicious spaghetti recipe he makes with prawns and chillis. “I don’t think they’re vegetarian,” he smirked, waving them in front of my nose. “So that will probably just be for me. Oh and the sausages too,” he said, throwing them carelessly into the trolley.
“I can’t think of a creature more vegetable-like than prawns,” I mumbled feebly, stung by his cruel but true words.
The vegetarian life may also prove difficult to stick to, not least because John the poacher is threatening to come round at the weekend with a rabbit or another squirrel, depending on whether he has any luck when he goes shooting. Not that we’ve had a chance to sample our existing squirrel yet, as we were out part of last week and DJ’s brother came to stay with us and we felt unable to foist ‘flightless partridge’ on the poor guy. Especially after DJ frightened the life out of him by unceremoniously plonking my pet lizard Jake on his lap without warning. So even if I don’t end up eating the squirrel this weekend, I could still wind up having to skin one and I’m not sure quite how vegetarian that is…
Are you vegetarian? Do you find you spend less on your shopping bill? And do you have any good veggie recipes you can recommend? Thanks!