Being vegetarian  

Queen_Of_Wands 46F
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5/21/2006 1:38 pm

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5/23/2006 12:07 pm

Being vegetarian

It's a choice that seems to bring stigma, even now..being a radical hippy animal rights protester yadda yadda yadda.

It's all rubbish; every vegetarian I know is one for a different reason so to label and generalise is meaningless. I don't like cruelty to animals but that's not why I don't eat meat. Plenty of meat animals are well raised, well taken care of, and when the time comes for slaughter, treated humanely. The payoff in that for meat eaters is the enhanced flavour.

I buy my food items with care, that's all. I choose free range over barn, farm fresh milk, fair trade goods wherever possible - because it's only right to do that. I don't eat Quorn or weird vegetarian foods that mimic meat in taste or appearance; doesn't appeal. I cook, and I don't feel limited in my diet at all so I don't need to take vitamin supplements. It's all there in my meals. Doesn't take long to work that stuff out.

The most repeated comment I get is that vegetarian food is boring. Well, I've been one since I was old enough to refuse meat/fish at the family dinner table and I'm not bored yet; I eat really really well The weirdest thing is bacon; the smell of that is somehow still appealing, but you'd never get me to eat it. I use smoked cheese when I crave that flavour and it does the job perfectly. I don't drink tap water either, mine's filtered.

If I have a philosophy of food at all, it's this:
rubbish in, rubbish out. And thinking about that, it applies to way more than just food.


5/21/2006 5:40 pm

That picture you used nearly seems to coincide with my mentioning of the artist Guiseppe Archimboldo who frequnetly used vegetables and similar organic peices and parts to compose faces with in his paintings.

Also your mentioning of your attraction to the odors of bacon struck me in some way as I live on the borders of the mecca for all 7th day adventists who are sometimes fully vege but who are at the least supposed to be non-pork eaters. You would not believe the amount of closet pork junkies there are in the adventist faith!!!

Some of the adventist girls I sued to know said that their secet sin food was pork rinds. Others snuck it in with bean dips made with a portion of lard. I also once lived with a vegetarian in Denmark for awhile who also said " my one exception is that I just love pork rinds"

That's quite an ecxeptoion to have there.

I went to a weekend yoga training once and they had hired this gourmet vege-chef to make us food for that and if she was around I would never miss the meat. I don't think she was cheap by any means to hire though but she really knew how to make great vegetarian food.


Queen_Of_Wands 46F

5/21/2006 7:34 pm

Yeah, he's someone I both like and dislike. I admire his surrealism and imagination and his great skill, but I also find some of the imagery has an underlying ominousness..maybe that's just an echo of the period, I don't know. The Cook and The Gardener seem to have been painted in a darker frame of mind than the Season paintings, or Flora. The latter have a robust and natural humour that brings them alive, and makes them great fun to observe and explore. Surrealism, even if he predates the movement by a few centuries, owes him a debt but he's not a surrealist. His work is grounded in the possibilities of adjusted reality, not derived from the subconscious.

Nice to see someone else here with an interest in art, KC Thanks for posting, drop in again sometime.

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