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    Bunny Erica

    Member since Aug 2005

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    About Me

    Hi. I live in Birmingham, England, famed for its chocolate and car manufacturing. Its a big multicultural city so getting most ingredients is not a problem, be them Turkish, Indian, Malaysian in origin, you can pretty much get it all somewhere.
    I am a vegetarian and check that everything I consume is vegetarian, which may get a bit annoying at people's houses and restaurants, but I need to make sure that no dead animals are eaten by me at all. I hate it when people respond to me telling them I am vegetarian by asking me if I eat fish! If I ate fish (or chicken, bacon, gelatin etc.) I would not be a vegetarian, but I guess a lot of people just don't get it. If it had to die, then its not for me!
    I always wanted to be vegetarian as a child, but its hard when your mom cooks for you and there is no leaving the table until your plate is empty. At around the age of 12 though she realised I was serious and was really good with accepting it then. She would always give me an alternative to the meat the rest of the family was eating, which must have been hard to do when catering for a family and working full time. So thanks for that, Mom.
    I am defintely vegetarian for moral/ethical reasons. I see no difference between humans and animals (well there is no difference humans are a type of animal ;-)), and cannot understand why we have pet cats, dogs rabbits etc. but are perfectly prepared to eat pigs, sheep and even other rabbits!
    My poor husband is not a vegetarian, but he doesn't get to eat meat very often, usually only if we eat out, though I do catch him cooking the odd burger now and again, and he seems to be able to add a slice of bacon to just about anything we cook. We do cook together most of the time, though I seem to specialise in soups/stews and him in cakes and sweet things in general - but then he is very sweet himself!
    I have a daughter who I am bringing up vegetarian. She loves everything I give her to eat so far, especially pudding, just like her Dad. She's still only tiny though so she'll probably hit a picky spot at some point soon. I know she'll have to make her own mind up about eating animals when she is old enough to, and I really hope she picks vegetarian, but it has to be her decision.
    I love Australia and went back for a third time on my honeymoon a couple of years ago.

    Favorite Foods

    I love any kind of curry: indian, thai, even Birmingham's own Balti.
    Cooking curry is so easy as well, just throwing everything into one big pot - really my way of cooking. When it's not curry its usually stir fry or pasta in much the same way, and always lots of veggie content.
    I try to eat lots of grains and pulses as well, I'm still trying to eat more quinoa because it is so good for you. I also love lentils and bulgar wheat.
    When I have time I like to make juices and smoothies too.
    I try to cook far too much of whatever I am making and then freeze some for another day to cut down on time - sometimes having to go to work really gets in the way of the things I want to do, roll on retirement, only another 40 odd years to go!

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