Wednesday, 13 March 2019


When you're asked what you did at the weekend and you have to admit to going to a lecture on how to wean your pet onto a vegetarian diet, you'll get funny looks.When you do, just smile in return and change the subject. Don't tell them that you'd only been siezing the chance to sit down for a few minutes.

 In fact the whole thing was rather accidental. I had a free train ticket to use up … it hasn't been the weather to go anywhere recently … and somehow Veggie World, a vegan and vegetarian festival seemed to offer an interesting afternoon out and the chance of endless, interesting nibbles.

 I tried everything from non-dairy grated "Parmesan" non-cheese ( really non-nice!) to nuggets made from beans, quinoa and an alarming amount of chili ( not for children, then ), lactose free yoghurt, a gluten-free vegan lasagne (disappointing) and mountains of hummus and vegan mayonnaise, even an everything-but-sugar-free Caesar salad dressing which rather oddly seemed to glow in the dark.

 All the cakes, biscuits and pies were very nice as were all the juices and soups. All the teeshirts, posters and cookery books were beautifully designed and everyone was cheerful and obviously well fed.

I'm slightly reassured that Small Grandson who, at seven, seems to have already decided not to eat meat won't expire but, though I've cut down on the amount of meat I eat, I'm not ready to join him. When someone makes some really convincing bacon, I might think again. But I can certainly recommend it as an afternoon out.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

In terms of taste, veganism has come a long way from its truly terrible beginnings but still does not tempt me in the slightest.

Joanne Noragon said...

Yes, the bacon test is the grade to get, and it must get the highest mark!
My youngest granddaughter probably was sevenish when she announced she really would like to be a vegetarian, but her mom kept serving meat!

Lucille said...

We have a very good veg box scheme and with the help of Hugh and Yotam I have been quite willing to forego meat on a number of days per week, but not yet all of them.

Liz Hinds said...

Any place that gives tasters is good by me.

It would be cheese and butter and milk and all the things that really bad for you that I couldn't do without.

And I would avoid anything that glowed in the dark