Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Defending the lentil
Diet is a horrible word. It sort of conjures up images of desperate, chocolate deprived women busy calculating the calorific content of a baked bean. I hate the word, and the thought of depriving myself of anything sends me on a raid of the fridge that would outdo the SAS.
However, I do have to stick to a diet. It requires that no meat shall pass my lips or dreadful things will start to happen in my gut. War breaks out, there is pain and suffering for days on end and this has simply been eliminated by the removal of dead flesh from my eating habits.
In a house that is divided by 'eyed' and 'eyeless' food I am a reluctant vegetarian, and one who often loiters over the frying pan when a piece of bacon is sizzling. Having said that, I do believe that not only is a mostly vegetarian diet better for you ( I am the right weight for my height, if there is such a thing) but that it makes you more creative in the kitchen.
It is very easy to throw a slab of meat on the plate and tuck it in with vegetables and a plop of gravy. Meat is convenience food, mostly pre-packaged and pre-ordained to become just like the one in the recipe book. I think society has become obsessed with fast food for our fast lives and we have forgotten the art of cooking from scratch.
To be vegetarian you must have a diet that is varied and balanced. I often think that humans survived this far because we can eat everything and I believe that a little meat in the diet is good for you - moderation with all things. Don't get me wrong, I am not adverse to a nut roast or the odd bit of quorn, but I am not a bleeding heart bean eater.
And lentils? I bloody hate them!