I didn't just wake up one morning and decide to 'go veggie', it had been a process over six months or so. First sausages because they were quite gross in the '80s, then steak, then mince, then liver, which I actually quite liked (weird child), and on it went. I had turkey with my Christmas dinner 1984, and must have had ham in sandwiches and that kind of thing after, but March 1985 sticks in my mind as the date of my commitment. That was when I became a vegetarian.
The two main questions I get asked are do you miss meat? (no) and what do you eat?
The second of those surprises me as there is so much variety now, and so many different variants and ideas, not to mention a plethora of vegetarian recipe books. Back in the 1980s no-one really knew what to do with us. My poor mum was utterly stumped - I survived on normal meals just without the meat part for at least a year. Eating out meant a vegetable lasagne well into the 1990s, and a holiday in Austria saw me offered a prawn or a cheese omelette every night for a week!
Thankfully, much has changed.
National Vegetarian Week runs from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th May this year, and we will be sharing lots of great vegetarian recipes and foods with you. If you want to try going veggie for a week, look out for our meal plan and shopping list on Saturday. Or, if you just want to try some of the recipes, we'll be posting new ones every day next week.
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Go meat-free this May, you might just like it!