There seems to be a rumor going round. A rumor that has no place in vegetarian culture, a rumor so damaging it could change the face of meat free cuisine forever, a rumor that I desperately need to get to the bottom of.
Okay, that was slightly dramatic of me, but I really want to understand why some vegetarians/vegans avoid eating garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and chives. As a devout veggie myself I understand the complexity of diets, beliefs and the synergy that people feel with the world, the environment and nature, what I am struggling to understand is the reluctance to incorporate these simple, but integral, ingredients in to a healthy, plant-based diet.
99.9% of the food I cook contains at least one, of the above ingredients and in my very humble, non-cheffy opinion, I would probably go as far to say that these few powerful, yet modest components provide dishes with an identity, a depth of substance, and ultimately, a stong, rigid, backbone. Each one has its own character, its own essence and they each deliver such unique, dynamic flavours and without them I really feel the quality of a dish, any dish, would suffer. Napoli sauce without garlic, a salad without onions, a soup without leeks.
I’m beginning to worry as I read this back to myself that I’m starting to sound like every, small minded, ignorant, vegetarian bashing carnivore I’ve ever experienced (I’ve experienced a few!) That I’m not opening my mind to new ways of thinking or accepting the possibilities of a garlic free existence.
Over the next day or so I’m going to find out the source of these beliefs, traditions, cultures, dietary requirements, or whatever they may be, and fully understand the meaning behind it and discover whether by adopting this new way of eating and looking at food, it might enhance my lifestyle, my relationship with the world and overall, make me a happier girl ✌ ❤
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