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River Cottage Veg

Cute Micro Pig

In case you hadn’t noticed, good vegetarian food is important to me. I am a vegetarian because of ethical reasons and have been since 2003. I don’t want animals to die for me to eat. This is my choice & I don’t impose it on anyone (well, maybe my OH because I won’t touch meat!)If people want to eat meat, that’s their choice. If they must, I’d rather they ate organic, free-range meat. I also wish that ‘vegetarians who eat fish’ wouldn’t call themselves vegetarians because they aren’t. They’re pescatarians. Anyway, I digress.

I do agree that meat-eaters should know & respect where their meat comes from. When I found out about the living conditions of mass-produced meat (this is pre-Jamie & Hugh F-W), it put me off eating anything like that. I know not all meat is grown in those conditions now, but when I think of tucking into a bacon sarnie, all I can see is something like the image below & I feel sick. No meat for me.

Cute Micro Pig

So when I saw that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was making a programme about veggie food & was going to be meat-free, naturally I was intrigued. As a veggie, you often feel like you’re an after thought in restaurants, which is why I like Atomic Burger, Atomic Pizza & Big Bang so much. There was actual choice. Sometimes you feel lucky to have anything that’s not just a broccoli & cauliflower bake (Gross!) I watched last nights episode and was really pleased with the food that they produced. I think that Hugh & River Cottage showed that being veggie isn’t about lentils & evangelising about the woes of meat.

The show has certainly encouraged me to eat a wider variety of vegetables (am in somewhat of a food rut) & I’d like to have a go at growing them too. I hope this show encourages restaurants to offer more choice for everyone, not just vegetarians. The meat industry is having an impact on the environment, health & people’s bank balances. As a nation we don’t eat enough veg so hopefully this will encourage us all to look at our diets and see if we’re eating the right things for us, for the planet & for the super-cute farm yard animals. x

Atomic Pizza

Boris Karloff at Atomic Pizza

A while ago I blogged about the awesome Atomic Burger & the fact that I was lucky enough to attend the launch of their new restaurant, Atomic Pizza. The challenge was set: Will it knock Atomic Burger off my no. 1 favourite restaurant spot? I didn’t like it’s chances.

Boris Karloff at Atomic Pizza

Half the pizza menu is vegetarian. It’s so nice to be thought of as an equal to meat-eaters & not just an after thought and this is one of the reasons why I like the Atomic restaurants. Anyway, I had picked what I wanted to eat about a week ago (it’s just what I do!). I’d decided on the Boris Karloff & added jalapenos, mushrooms & gherkins on a thin crust. I’d had the Red Hot Chilli Pepper Poppers to start with, which were delicious. My OH had the calamari & said that they were cooked to perfection.

Back to the pizza. I couldn’t believe it. It was perfect. The pizza base was thin but not too thin and all the toppings were in equal proportions. It was so lovely. I couldn’t finish mine as the pizzas are a generous size so asked to take the rest home & will be having the rest for my lunch today! I see it as a way of extending the joy of eating at Atomic Pizza beyond one visit!

I can’t say if Atomic Pizza is my favourite restaurant yet – for that I’ll need a few more visits, maybe sampling the deserts too. I’m looking forward to my next visit already! Thank you Atomic people for all your amazing vegetarian food x