My friend Rosey has decided to have another go at being vegetarian.
Someone told her that a secret cult in the village of Nether Wallop ritually slaughter and then ate kittens. She took one look at her cats Fuzzybut and Scruff staring up at her with their big blue eyes and thought ‘Yuck, they must taste awful’
Anyway, I reminded her that if God had intended us to be vegetarians he would not have made cows from beef, but my remark fell on deaf ears.
I’ve just got back from her flat where she has once again dusted off her old pots of pills and supplements and lined them up on the kitchen shelf where her biscuits and sweets used to reside.
I told her that all she needed to do was to make sure she ate plenty of eggs, whole-grain cereals, pulses, green leafy vegetables, fruit like oranges and fortified breakfast cereals. I know about these things because my daughter Penny is of the vegetarian persuasion.
But no. She says she won’t drink milk or eat eggs. So I asked her if she was actually a vegan. She thought about it for a minute and then asked me if vegans were vegetarians too! I said yes, of course, and she laughed and asked if I thought she had pointed ears like Mr.Spock. Vegans I said, not Vulcans!
Meanwhile back on the shelf, she has a pot of multi-vitamin pills called Osteotrace which lists amongst its ingredients horsetail, vitamin E tablets to make her look younger (why? don’t ask me!!) something called Selenium with the byline ‘good mood food’ plus various other tubs tins and assorted jars.
And right in the middle was a large tin with no label. I picked it up and shook it and she said she had to take eighteen a day – six in the morning, six in the afternoon and six in the evening. I asked what on earth they were and she said M&M’s! Chocolate she tells me is good for increasing her energy levels!
Rosey, I know you are reading this and you’ll probably tell me off for teasing you! In a couple of weeks time, I’ll take you out for a big juicy steak by way of an apology.