Lack of Trust
I don’t know what I am buying. If it’s free range it isn’t organic, if it’s organic is it free range? Is it what it says it is on the packaging? I just can’t be sure. In a restaurant you have even less information to go on. Instead of agonising over it all the time I’ll just stop eating it.
Twice the Price
To eat decent meat costs twice as much as eating crappy meat.
Lack of Interest
For me, the meat is usually the least interesting thing on the plate (not always, but often). I order meat dishes for the sauce and then I am disappointed because the meat to sauce ratio is wrong. I want all the goo and a little bit of meat. Give me the gravy, I am fine with that.
If I have the choice of a piece of salmon or a ball of mozzarella, or between steak and halloumi, I would choose the cheese almost every time.
My friend the Shrimp
I love to eat seafood but when I see shellfish being cooked I just can’t bare to watch. Being boiled must be a horrible death. I’ve met some of those creatures while swimming in the sea. Shrimp have tickled my toes on the coast of Scotland, they have looked me in the eye.
Being a Pain
I don’t want to be a pain in the ass when I eat with friends and family. But then again, she can’t eat wheat, he won’t eat fish, he doesn’t like vegetables and she will only eat something if it’s piping hot. I am not a fussy eater and I’m good company at the table right? You’ll still invite me round, won’t you? I always eat more salad than anyone else anyway.
As a counterbalance, I agree that meat is healthy and natural to eat. Personally I would never order a mixed grill and just because I worry about shellfish dying a hideous death doesn’t mean that anyone else should. Eat meat and enjoy it! If I eat less meat, the meat that we buy can be twice the price and better quality for everyone else.
As my wise friend W said; “Even though you are not a vegetarian, if you were never served meat again you wouldn’t mind, you would just be happy with all the vegetables and the sauces like me.”
When I meet new people they often assume that I am a vegetarian. I guess it’s because really, I am.
Co-founder, The Clean Sheet