Vegetarianism.

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It is a rather odd but grammatically correct usage to use vegetarian and non-vegetarian as words to describe food in Indian English which is now called Hindish or Indish depending on which part of the country you come from. So, please bear with me when I use the latter quite liberally in this post.

I think that this powerful post from Tammy at Peanut On The Table is a good place to start this post. Please do read it before you proceed any further. Thank you Tammy.

I come from a traditional vegetarian family background and my late mother never in her life had even an egg though she would happily cook eggs for us. My father however became a non-vegetarian while still in school due to his best friend having been one.  My father as well as that friend saw to it that my three siblings and I grew up to eat and like non vegetarian food,   Other than one brother who lives in the UK, the other three of us have now all become vegetarians for various reasons, mostly due to aging I should imagine.

I have been a vegetarian since mid 1998. It is fashionable to give up milk and milk products too when one does that,  but I have not. I have not given up eggs either. I was quite well known among my circle of friends and family for being a good cook of non-vegetarian dishes, and I continue to cook them for others on occasion.

For me, it is strictly a matter of personal choice and I do not proselytise vegetarianism.  My son and daughter in law with who I live, are both non-vegetarians and so is our pet dog Chutki.  When we entertain at home, non-vegetarian food is more often the rule than the exception.  I have no problems with that as long as I am not expected to eat that.  This occasionally gives problems during family outings when people have to find out whether where we go to dine offers some good vegetarian food but since I can be quite content with some bread and eggs, mostly this is solved to everyone’s satisfaction.

I  conclude this post with one observation.  If you have to be a vegetarian for whatever reason, there is no country like India to be in.  The variety of vegetarian dishes that you can encounter everywhere is just mind boggling.  You will simply be spoilt for choice.

This topic was suggested by me, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

22 thoughts on “Vegetarianism.”

  1. thank you rummy for spreading the word about ‘veal’. and my post on it.
    the more who learn of it … well. it might just help.
    do you have the products we do? morning star farms?
    they make products that taste exactly like beef but are made of soy.
    I suppose they are processed too much for some people’s likes. but they make a patty that is called ‘griller’s prime.’ it really is good.
    and they make a ‘hot dog’ from soy. so when 4th of july comes around I can enjoy the traditional picnic food! my hot dog is soy! and so is my hamburger! wonderful. really no excuse to eat the real thing! ♥
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  2. I don’t eat beef or pork, but I do eat my two servings of fish a week and some poultry. I could easily do without them taste-wise, but apparently we old folks need the extra protein. My favorite foods are fruits and vegetables. And yogurt and milk.
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  3. I am and have always been a carnivore but I do enjoy a good vegetarian meal and plan on exploring the lifestyle more completely in the near future. There are many horror stories about animal abuse regarding the raising and slaughter of animals for food,
    shackman recently posted..Vegetarianism

  4. I just wish the huge variety of vegetarian cuisine that is to be found in India was replicated in Belfast. Unfortunately there isn’t a single vegetarian restaurant in the whole city. But at least I can find a good range of vegetarian options in Indian or Thai or Italian restaurants. So all is not lost.
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  5. I more or less am vegetarian but on occasions I will eat meat. The main reason has absolutely nothing to do with “moral/other” rather it is a memory of huge t-bone steaks, large any other meat chops that my ex-DH insisted he eat – I hated grilling them as well; we ate chicken as well but always with the bone still in, when cooking …AND now it is because of the cost of meat and certain other additives, I rarely eat chicken as well.

    I do eat fish products, tofu/similar – mostly stir fry with large selection of vegetables, usually fresh but I keep loose peas and corn in the freezer for when the vege is in short supply.

    I’m lucky right across the road from me (not directly across) is a large Asian food supermarket – sometimes I have to pick through the fruit/veg but I can get “small sized” fruit. Last week the checkout person (Asian) was fascinated that I ate the small sized fruit and I explained it meant I could eat 3 varieties at a time…I’m not big on eating a huge peach/apple at one sitting…prefer to nibble smaller fruit

    I’m not terribly keen on bananas but I do buy them occasionally…”trivia – did you know NZers are the biggest individual consumers of bananas per capita/per year in the world (we have to import them), a year ago there was a shortage, there was almost a riot” 🙂

  6. Long before I stopped eating mammal, I wouldn’t eat veal. Or foie gras, because of the cruelty involved in that. I stopped eating mammal and bird back in 2001, but continued to eat dairy, eggs and fish. However, I buy eggs that are from cage-free chickens and organic milk from farms that have more humane practices. My kids, after quizing me about why I don’t eat chicken and hearing me rant about humane commercial chicken farming, convinced me about a year ago to cook them a free-range chicken. I do that once in a while now, but generally stick to what is called a pescatarian diet here..

    (I tried to read the post because I think it’s an important topic, but my brain doesn’t track that way – I can’t hold the thread of it when it is written out like poetry.)
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