Eating Meat – Fifty Shades of Grey

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

As I ponder the question of whether I should, or whether I can continue Eating meat, I see it's not a question of absolutes, but one of relatives and the fifty shades of grey that they encompass.
Can I Eat Meat?
At the beginning of 2017, I wrote a blog post, asking the question "Should I eat meat?". The motivation for this question came from a desire to seek moral congruity, meaning that I felt my actions as a human were not aligned with my sense of morality. I don't like the idea of inflicting pain upon a living creature, I'd hate to see my dog in pain, yet I'm happy for other living creatures to be killed, simply to provide my food. It's clear to see the contradiction here.

More recently, I've come across the psychological term 'cognitive dissonance', which refers to the ability of people to hold two or more conflicting opinions. In my case, I hold the opinion that inflicting pain on animals is wrong... come and read more...

Should I Eat Meat?

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Should I eat meat?
Background. I’m having an existential crisis. The foundations of my culinary world are being rocked to their core, because asked myself the question “should I eat meat?”. The best way to describe my diet is flexitarian. I eat everything, however almost every meal I prepare at home is vegetarian, I rarely ever cook meat and buy fish once a week. If I try new recipes from cookbooks or blogs, they are almost exclusively vegetarian and the new recipes I create are almost exclusively vegetarian (hence this blog being 99% vegetarian). Despite this largely vegetarian lifestyle, there’s no underlying urge to become a full-blown vegetarian, because some of my favourite dishes involve meat. I’m an absolute sucker for raw meat and fish, I start salivating at the thought of a sashimi platter or steak tartare. The problem is that I’ve become obsessed with the moral implications of eating meat. I recently…

Simple Mango Salsa

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps, Spreads & Dips

Freshly prepared simple mango salsa with coriander, chilli, lemon and spring onion on succulent turkey atop toasted Hovis Chia bread.
Competitive Sandwiches. A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest at a sandwich making competition. Yes, yes, I know, I’d never been to a sandwich making competition before either, but it was actually a promotional event for Hovis Chia Bread, laid on by the good people at Hovis who had invited a group of us bloggers to come and test out our sandwich making skills by preparing a selection of Lord Sandwich’s favourites using the new Hovis sliced loaf that’s laced with super healthy chia seeds form the The Chia Company. It was great fun as well, having set things up spectacularly well, with a spread of ingredients fit for an emperor, all ready to load our creations up with. Furthermore, whilst we were spreading the chia love, there was another very learned choice made on that day, by way of democratic vote, which was to crown…