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Saturday, 9 August 2014
I quite expect that most of us have toyed with vegetarianism at some time in our lives. I certainly have.
My problem (and what a problem) is that I really like eating meat. In fact finding a dish where one genuinely doesn't miss the meat, for me, is rare.
One exception to this rule is with Indian veggie cuisine. The haunting spicy flavours of so much Indian cookery seems to take over, and the meatless-ness becomes either forgotten or seems unimportant.
BBC TV has recently been re-running Rick Stein's sumptuous Indian Odyssey food series (I also have the book), and although many of the dishes featured are with meat, he stresses that India is the world's biggest veggie country, so he features plenty of meatless recipes as well.
I should attend a course on simple Indian veggie cuisine, I think I could become a convert. I have the raw ingredients in abundance; so why not?
Already my regular repertoire contains a few classic Indian veggie dishes, but I'd like a lot more. I need to experiment, be more adventurous, and to equip myself with more essential ingredients.
Goodness gracious me; I can almost hear myself speaking with an Indian accent.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!