A veg­gie’s lament

The Herald - - OPINION -

OVER the past few days, we have been bom­barded by news sto­ries telling us that ev­ery­one needs to eat less meat, in order to help tackle cli­mate change. Surely restaurants should be lead­ing the way on this? Yet what I find, par­tic­u­larly in the parts of the UK out­side the larger towns, is that very few are in­ter­ested in cater­ing for non-meat-eaters in a cre­ative way.

South-west Scot­land, where I live, prides it­self on be­ing a foodie’s par­adise. But what’s on of­fer for veg­e­tar­i­ans is ex­tremely lim­ited, bland and un­in­ven­tive. In fact, in many of the es­tab­lish­ments where we eat out, I find that the only veg­e­tar­ian dish on of­fer is mac­a­roni cheese. Even the es­tab­lish­ments that make more of an ef­fort – two, some­times even three veg­gie op­tions: wow – never al­ter their menu. It’s pos­si­ble to be­come very, very bored by veg­etable fa­ji­tas or lasagne. The cater­ing in­dus­try needs to shake up its ideas in a big way if the pub­lic at large is to be tempted away from meat.

Fiona Cameron,

Toftin­gal, Gate­house of Fleet.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.