Saturday, February 9, 2013
horse & nuts
At a parish function last night, the vegan option was a truly exceptional dish of roast Mediterranean vegetables with a generous topping of mixed nuts crumble. The conversation around the table was not surprisingly of the latest chapter of the horse meat saga. It really is starting to look as if the safe option is to presume that anything marked 'beef' is probably horse ... and since no one has any idea where that horse meat came from or what it is contaminated with or even how the animal died or how long it was dead before it was minced up, labeled as 'beef', and added to the freezer section of a purveyor of fine foods somewhere near you.
I have to say I was feeling pretty smug about being vegan as I scoffed my veg & nut crumble ... until a horrible thought crossed my mind: what if my tasty nut topping was adulterated with horse chestnuts?
Joking aside, all trust is gone when it comes to food in this country. Paranoia reigns & will continue to until a lot of work is done to earn back that trust.