Well, not yet. But I will.
I also finally grasp the concept of “social smokers” – whilst I’m going to stop cooking meat here (give or take the occasional steak to keep iron levels up), I’m not going to be difficult when I’m eating at someone else’s house. I think that’s counterproductive, because the meat is going to be prepared anyway, but it seems possible that vegetarians who inadvertently make life difficult for the people around them – even the very thoughtful ones who bring their own food – ultimately end up driving more people away from even considering the idea. People like me.
There are a number of reasons I haven’t done it before, the chief being I find meat products delicious. But big deal – that’s a sacrifice I’ll have to make not to support an indefensibly cruel industry. Also, I will have to learn to cook again, pretty much, as practically everything I prepare involves meat (particularly chicken, probably the worst treated animal). I’ll have to abandon most of those – I doubt “tofu kiev” will really work. Finally, the reputation that’s been applied to vegetarians of being fussy, difficult and sanctimonious – this being implied to be a necessary side-effect of drawing a stubborn line in the sand and saying NO MORE. And sure, sanctimony won’t be a lifestyle change at all – hello, welcome to my blog – but being viewed as fussy or difficult might be one step too far.
Well, how about if I simply don’t mention it?* If I just stop preparing meat and ordering meat, but eat and enjoy it when that’s the socially-appropriate thing to do? Don’t buy meat on my account, but I’ll fit in if that’s more convenient for you. Don’t mind me, I’m easy.**
Thank god there’s a vegetarian version of chicken pad prig at Mitcham Thai. I don’t know how long I could’ve held out if there wasn’t.
* Apart from this post, obviously.
** Also flexible about what I eat with other people.