‘I have long been an adherent to the cause [vegetarianism] in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.’
- Translation of letter to Hermann Huth, December 27, 1930. Einstein Archive 46-756
‘So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore’
- diary extract (disclaimer, I don’t think anyone would recommend a diet free of fats, and meat free diets should still get plenty of fats from nuts, seeds, avacados, free range eggs, etc)
‘I have always been astonished at the fact that the most extraordinary workers I ever saw, viz., the laborers in the mines of Chili, live exclusively on vegetable food, which includes many seeds of the leguminous plants’
- received from a reader who wrote to Darwin enquiring for evidence in favour of evidence for a vegetarian diet, from a German vegetarian journal
‘[Vegetarianism has a] powerful influence upon the mind and its action, as well as upon the health and vigor of the body. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages’
‘I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species’
‘To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body’
Leornado da Vinci
‘The mere idea of permitting the existence of unnecessary suffering, still more that of taking life, was abhorrent to him. Vasari tells, as an instance of his love of animals, how when in Florence he passed places where birds were sold he would frequently take them from their cages with his own hand, and having paid the sellers the price that was asked would let them fly away in the air, thus giving them back their liberty.’
I’m not stating that any of these were 100% vegan (besides, imagine how hard it would have been to find a raw vegan salad in the 1700’s), but there is solid evidence that they all at least supported the view that a reduction in meat and animal consumption would do alot of good for both people, animals, and the world around them.
The olives were standardly pelasant in a simple brine, and the sundried tomatoes had a nice herbed oil on them. With the delicate, not overpowering olive oil and balsamic to dip, this was really a lovely board. They also offered a version with grilled vegetable and cheese, fish, or meat.
I think a sourdough or pitta could have been a slight improvement on the white bread, but the way it was presented was just so aesthetically pleasing I could see through it – it reminded me of a bread Jenga!
I opted for the soup of the day – courgette and tomato which I was surprised at how flavourful and notnoverly sweet it was (deinfitely better then your standard Heinz). And the bread that came with it was soft, fresh, and had to be almost an inch thick!
They also had a variety of paninis and sandwiches, such as this cheese and roasted vegetable, which were also available to pre order if you’re in a hurry.
Generously portioned, the dessert menu varied from warm classics, like this sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, to fresh summer sweet treats like eaton mess.
They also had a selection of around five fresh cakes, flapjacks and cookies, as well as scones and sausage rolls.
A few pics from the Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre 1st July. I can seriously recommend the cinnamon bun and peanut butter cups – both were some of the most amazing sweet treats I’ve ever had!!
A selection of seed butters – a perfect alternative for those with nut allergies (i have serious sympathy for those who have to live without peanut butter).
Garden Tools – things like sheers, plant pots, or expanding hoses always go down well.
‘Posh’ Shirts – men are notoriously bad at choosing their own clothes, so simplying buying stuff for them is the best way to give them push in the right direction. My favourite are from FatFace (around £40) and NEXT (around £25)
Sweet Treats – at under a tenner, this company has tonnes of different sweets to choose from all in a cute bottle container.
Marmite Popcorn – if he falls into the ‘love’ side of Marmite, get him something a bit more special like this popcorn, chocolate bar, or even a personalised maritime jar.
Drink – if you find out what his favourite drink is, then chances are they’ll be a set to go with it, but there are generic gifts, such as this 5 can beer set at a very reasonable £20. And if alcohol isn’t their thing, try this ginger beer, or even make your own for an equally delicious beverage.
BBQ – on the slightly more expensive end, BBQ’s are a great present if you know it’s something he’s been yearning over for a while now. With not many mouths to feed, these smaller ones are perfect and only £24.99, or you can go all out with an absolute beast of a BBQ, like this.
Mug – easy and simple, this old classic is always a reliable option for when you’re really running last minute. In the weeks leading up to Father’s Day, pretty much all supermarkets, shops and even card factories will have enough mugs to last a life time.