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Bonzer Words!: Vegetarians

...Vegans are the SAS of the vegetarian corps. No pussy-footing around with a Vegan; no animal flesh of any kind...

Ted Mason raises a subject which can arouse passionate argument.

Ted writes for Bonzer! magazine. Please visit www.bonzer.org.au

Now here’s a topic to raise the passions, set the heart thumping, raise the adrenalin levels! Think not? Then try convincing a genuine vegetarian of the value of red meat in the diet—you’ll leave the encounter with your ears ringing.

But mind you, there are vegetarians, Vegetarians and there are Vegans. The differences between the three camps are enormous. Genuine Vegetarians are a pleasure to serve. Their tastes are simple and direct, and they show real appreciation when it’s obvious the cook has gone to some trouble to prepare an attractive looking and tasteful meal.

The small v’s can be very confusing. Although claiming to be vegetarian, they will also eat fish and chicken. My wife and I once had the pleasure of serving a group which included two vegetarians. The main dish was curried sausages and rice, but my wife had prepared separate dishes for the vegetarians. V1 accepted her plate of steamed vegies and rice with a grateful smile, but V2 hesitated. The smell of the curry and the gravy was just too much – could she please have some of the curried sausages?

Vegans are the SAS of the vegetarian corps. No pussy-footing around with a Vegan; no animal flesh of any kind, or anything associated with animals passes through their lips. The vegies, fruit, cereals and nuts will do just fine thank you: no cheese, no eggs, no cream. You have to be very strong willed to be a Vegan. I wonder what they think of our sausage eating v?


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