Choices… From a very early age, every aspect of our lives is filled with choices. We can choose to take the simple route, or to conform, or to look after only ourselves. We can choose to make decisions that have a positive impact on the lives of others.

I gave up on eating meat in 1986. My mother cooked a goose for New Years Day. I couldn’t eat it. I made a choice to give up meat and fish. Where I live, in the UK just west of London, the shops are filled with choices. Admittedly back in the 80s choices were somewhat limited, but there were choices all the same.

I chose the path of least suffering. If faced with a choice of cheese and tomato pizza or pepperoni pizza, then why not choose the one that has not caused unnecessary pain to an animal? Why use chicken stock in soup when vegetable stock works just as well? To me it has become a way of life. Vegetables take centre stage, bringing out their flavours and textures in a way most meat eaters would never imagine.

I am not suggesting that everyone should change, but you could choose to eat meat free meals more often. Once a week or more perhaps. See if you still miss the meat or whether you too could choose to go down the cruelty free route to food.

It requires some thought, a new approach to how you view vegetables, but hopefully these recipes here can inspire you and let you explore a meat free world in a new light.

Try it. Let me know what you think



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  1. Phisch

    Awesome, and here I was thinking that you were just ReTweeting stuff on other sites. What a legend. I knew you were a foodie but Gordon Ramsey here we come!

    Please put in something for a pregnant woman so that Hails has motivation to try a recipe. A


  2. Hi Ian
    I’m Kirsty from the Strand Cafe in Trebarwith, Cornwall, nice to be on here! If you want any soup recipes or our famous veggie burger recipe for your blog, just let me know…happy munching x

    1. Hi Kirsty. You may remember me. I was the one who spotted your missing recipe in the famous Strand Cafe cookbook :). All recipes welcome. Thanks. Ian

  3. Hi Ian

    I was impressed yesterday with how your house in Cornwall has changed, and now today I’m impressed all over again – this looks so professional (and why shouldn’t it) will definitely try some of these recipes – thinking specifically courgettes at the moment as we have a bit of a glut. I’ll let you know how I get on.


  4. My girlfriend makes me eat vegetarian and she’s a terrible cook. It’s been cheese on toast and omelettes for 5 years now. I’ve shown her your website – let’s see what happens. . . .

    1. Thanks for dropping in and taking the time to write. Do please let me know what you like and perhaps more importantly what you don’t like.

  5. Hi Ian, loved your xmas mushroom parcels, but I am getting an error everytime I click on the recipe. I want to share it with some friends, can you help?

    1. Hi Rekha

      Sorry about that. Glad you liked the recipe. I think I have fixed the link now. Please let me know if you have any problems.


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