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Mollster’s GospelBefore we start, let’
s get it straight - what
exactly is a vegetarian and what aboutthose freaky vegans? W
ell, a vegetarian cuts a splendid figure
because they neither eat dead animals norchew on any slaughterhouse by-products.That means they consume no meat, poultry
,
fish or seafood (like prawns or crabs) andno by-products like gelatine. Don’
t be
deceived by the innocent sound of theword gelatine in things such as jellies,yoghurts and sweets because it is actuallymade from boiled up animals’ bones, hornsand hooves - ugh! A vegan doesn’
t
eat anythingderived from adead animal inaddition torejecting dairyproducts, suchas milk, cheese orbutter
, along with
eggs and honey
.
What I’m saying is thatonce upon a time whenbrains were being handed out,vegetarians and vegans were first inthe queue!Okay
. Y
ou know what you can’
t eat. But
what can you eat? Here’
s a brief guide to
veggie nosh 24 - 7.BreakfastA veggie breakfast is like a non-veggiebreakfast. So, as long as you’ve been wellbehaved, you can look forward to tuckinginto a small bowl of cold gruel and a glassof tap water
. Okay
, okay
, let’
s not be frugal
with the truth. The great veggie breakfastthrows open enough taste windows tomake your tonsils rattle!
Of course, you can’
t go wrong with cereal,
toast and juice. I’m a sucker for soya milkon my cereal - that cow’
s milk plays
naughty tricks on my stomach and peoplehave been known to talk! I simply adoreporridge with a fat blob of golden syrup inthe centre and always whop my favouritespread on the toast - yeast extract (egMarmite) or peanut butter
.
But perhaps you prefer more lardy feed? Ifso, why not treat yourself to a full Englishbrekkie and scof
f a king-size plate of
grilled veggie sausages, veggie rashers,baked beans, mushrooms, waf
fles,
scrambled tofu and fried onions.
Or maybe you consider
yourself a touch more
hoity-toity? How
about a
sophisticated
muesli topped
with yoghurt,
fresh fruit
salad or
toasted bagels
with marge and
fruit conserve.
Lunch
Once you’ve waved adieu to dead
animals, you’ll become wide-eyed to the fullwonders of gorgeous vegetarian yums. Limpsalads and white bread spam sandwiches willsoon seem mighty tame and tasteless. Friends,suspicious at first, will learn to crane into yourlunchbox everyday to drool over anothersucculent addition to your veggie diet. Think generous and give the good oldBritish sandwich a celebrity make-over
.
c
Grab something other than your slicedwhite - think malted brown,wholemeal, French bread, ciabatta,pitta bread, bagels or olive bread.
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Name:
Molly
Alias:
The Molls
ter
Profession:
Und
ercover d
etective
Specialist assignments:
Food
Strong points:
Food
Weak points:
Food
Height:
Small
Weight:
Co
n
sid
era
bly less be
fore
th
is job
Weapons:
Hypn
otic eyes
Mentor:
The infa
mous Thomas Bo
ne
Distinguishing features:Veg
etarian, wet n
ose
Rig
ht, you’ve do
ne a bit of d
etective work o
n
meat issues and it’s
given you
r head quite a kicking. In fact, those little n
oggin cells
wo
n’t give you any peace, co
ntinually chu
rning out nas
ty facts
a
bout factory farmed animals and the co
ntents of you
r b
u
r
g
er. So
you’ve d
ecid
ed to sort out the grey matter o
nce and for all. Yep,
you’re going to give th
is veggie malarkey a bash. Poochetas
tic!
The next s
tep is to fix that dis
tant rum
ble in you
r belly, a task
bes
t le
ft to the professio
nals. So put asid
e you
r a
mateu
r spy
glass and false mous
tache and make way for The Molls
ter, private
eye extraordinaire.Gifted since a pup in sniffing out fine veggie mor
sels, I kn
ow
exactly what you want. We’re talking mouth watering, fing
er
licking, scrumptiously moreish dishes wh
ich you can chomp in
singledom or dazzle you
r neares
t and d
eares
ts with. We’re talking
a little exertio
n b
ut n
o
sweat. We’re talking cruelty free food,
utterly eth
ical munch
ies, the food of ang
els.
And so I, Molls
ter the Detective, in a disguise that would put
Hol
mes to sha
me, have travelled far and wid
e across the British
Isles to find the mos
t d
elicious veggie cuisine. Competitio
n has
been s
tiff and my trim wais
tline has
taken a battering b
ut I can n
ow lay
be
fore you a selectio
n of the easies
t and
yummies
t veg
etarian recipes.
So read my travelogue, rock into thekitchen, waltz with the uten
sils and
salsa with the veg
eta
bles, send me a
cryptic text and I’ll be seated at you
r
ta
ble, napkin o
n
lap, be
fore you can
say ‘veggie
fes
t’.
All photographs of food and Molly by Corin Jeavons
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