So after the extensive preamble of the last 3 posts we get to the heart of the matter – my actual plan for experimenting with a meat-free lifestyle.
At the centre of this plan is my “Meat List” – quite simply a list of all the meat-based dishes that I really like; the things I might miss if I turn my back on a carnivorous lifestyle forever.
The plan itself is quite simple – to eat as many of these dishes as I can over the next month or so, for two basic reasons. First, in the event that I do cross over to the Veg Side for good, I will have said a fond farewell to the things I’ve enjoyed in the past. Secondly, and more importantly, it gives me a real chance to work out honestly how much I actually enjoy being a meat-eater.
Phase 2 of the plan comes in January when I’ll stop eating meat again. And then comes the interesting part of the experiment. I’ll either find that after a couple of months I really can’t live without meat, or I’ll decide that I don’t miss either the meat, or the previously-explored ethical quandries it entails.
So without further ado, here (in no particular order) is the list in full:
- Proper English Fish’n'Chips (sorry guys – no matter how hard you try, America cannot provide this)
- A really good steak (I’m thinking Argentinian or Brazillian steakhouse)
- Calf’s Liver (Hopefully still on the menu at Carluccio’s in Islington)
- A good beef lasange
- Bacon Butties (“sandwiches” for any Americans in the audience)
- A full English fry-up (including black pudding and pigs’ kidneys)
- Steak and Kidney Pie
- A ‘Double Double’ from In’n'out
- A proper English roast dinner (Christmas should see to that)
- A Chicken Tikka Masala
- Oysters (May not be possible really – wrong season)
- Corned Beef Sandwiches (I know, eww, but they got me through childhood and student days)
- Peri-Peri Chicken (I’ve missed Nando’s quite a bit)
- Peking Duck
- BBQ Pork Ribs
There are many more items which could go on the list, but that pretty much covers my favourites.
And with that, I’m taking a sorely needed vacation back in Blighty. Coming up in the New Year – the no-doubt amusing story of my move 40 miles north, lightly sprinkled with meat-free shenanigans.
Merry Denominational Religious Celebration and a Gregorian New Year to you all.