Yesterday, I would have made Stanley Kubrick proud. I managed to turn my English seminar in to a vegetarian version of the famous Spartacus scene.
A conversation with a friend, about my new-found vegetarianism, was overheard by another girl in my class. It so happens that she has vegetarian parents and has always been one herself. My seminar tutor came in from a break and wanted to know what we were discussing. Guess what? He revealed that he is a vegan! He asked the class about their eating habits, cue the “I’m Spartacus” moment. In a room of eleven people, there were two vegans, three vegetarians and a partridge in a pear tree. Oops, Christmas is on the brain, I’ll try that again: two vegans, three vegetarians and an ‘ex-vegetarian’. The ‘ex-vegetarian’ was a veggie for three years before returning to her meat-eating ways. She couldn’t find her reasons for being a vegetarian and stopped.
Our tutor became a vegan at the age of 18, because of political reasons (I will cover these in a later post). The carnivores of the class tried to use bacon as an argument, describing the mouth-watering smell and taste. The basic idea seemed to be that a life without bacon was not a life worth living. However, vegan tutor (he does have a real name) came to the rescue. Apparently, being a vegan has made him a fantastic cook. He can not saunter in to a supermarket and pick up any old thing. He has to put effort in to his cooking. Vegan tutor feels that Jack’s meaty lasagna (yes, I have a classmate who combines 400g of mince with 400g of bacon to create his lasagna!) would be no match for his delicious vegan chocolate cake.
Vegan tutor will not eat honey, because the bees are not wild (wild honey could be an exception). He researches the jeans he buys to ensure that the factories they are made in do not use animal fat in the process. However, he admits to having two vices: the first is Guinness (suitable for vegetarians, but not vegans). The second is smoking (which is tested on animals).
What this has confirmed for me is that there are no strict guidelines or rules that I have to follow to be a vegetarian. I do not eat any meat, fish or gelatin(e) / rennet products, therefore I am a vegetarian. Sure, everyone will have their own views on what makes a vegetarian a vegetarian or a vegan a vegan. As I learn more, I can adapt my lifestyle in the ways I deem fit.
I would just like to thank those who have been supportive and have been providing me with great advice. I really appreciate it.
Sunday’s post should be a good ‘un as I try to tackle fashion.
the simply silly asparagus.