Adventures of a Newly Veg: Part 1

Adventures Of A Newly Veg
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Adventures Of A Newly Veg

Friend and often collaborator, Richie Cody has decided to turn vegetarian for 2013, largely driven by a bet from his siblings that he couldn’t last it as a vegetarian for a year. Not one to usually blog about food, I’ve asked Richie to share his thoughts via Any Given Food month to month as he makes the transition to eating vegetarian for 12 months. Here’s the first installment…

So. It’s come to this. I am now a vegetarian. It happened on new years eve, my sisters, long given up chocolate, sugar, spice and all things nice, were looking for something else to give up for the health of it. So meat got the chop. Vegetarian for at least a year they said, and then they bet me that I couldn’t do it! I’m not one to resist a challenge, and well, that was that.

I’ve held off telling people about it, because, quite frankly, I didn’t know if I’d be able last this long. I do love my meat. Burgers after a night out, the occasional beef, or pork curry from a Chinese, pepperoni pizzas, all gone now. Service stations have become subtle traps, with the hot food counter sitting unobtrusively in the corner. I very nearly walked out of one today the proud owner of a full tank of petrol and a chicken fillet roll.

I needn’t have been so worried, I’ve stayed the course. Apart from the occasional temptation (I’m looking at you, Topaz on the Waterford Road) the last few weeks have been a delicious breeze. What I really didn’t expect, is how much I have been eating. I’m constantly hungry. Portion sizes have grown. I’m constantly snacking on the good stuff, apples and the like. Hummus goes with everything. Cheese sandwiches are so much more interesting now, and the long neglected spice shelf in the cupboard is finally being explored, the dust and free floating spice cleared off the jars and the desiccated flavours examined and mixed with all kinds of mad stuff. Oh, so that’s what an eggplant looks like!

Thus far, meals are still mostly simple fare, with stir fries, vegetable curries, rice and vegi-pizzas keeping me alive. Todays lasagne was the best I’ve ever had. Now that the ball is rolling, I’ve been looking up recipes, trying new things, and I have to say, nut roasts look tasty. Wish me luck!

If you want to know what Richie gets up to in real life, take a look at his latest short titled All Made Up, released in December 2012.

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.