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Suddenly Everyone is Going Vegetarian
May 2, 2017

For decades, being a Vegetarian or Vegan sort of made you a freak.   ‘Everyone’ eats meat, and so you would be outside.

I recall developing a kind of pattern, when invited to a function.   I’d eat first.  Then I’d go to the dinner.

Everything had meat in it.   A bowl of ‘vegetable’ soup would be made with chicken stock.  The main course was always a slab of meat and some vegetables.   Sometimes the salad would have shards of meat for flavour.

Usually I’d have coffee and the desert, but sometimes, just coffee.

When invited to buy a ticket for a dinner, I’d decline; “I’m a vegetarian” I’d say.   For too long I’ve found that when I told people I did not eat meat I’d get a plate with an empty space.

A few restaurants could give me a vegetarian meal, and in those early days, when airline were luxury, in flight. But most people stuffed meat in their faces.

Now, suddenly,  I’ll find things I can eat at many functions.  There are alternatives, and many people are opting for them.

Outside of those who are overweight and would eat anything, (there is still a population of those) many people have cut meat out of their diets.   They’ll eat fish, they’ll use diary products, but no dead meat is on their plate.

It is so strange to recall that nine years ago there was nothing to eat at the dinners I was invited to, and today there are so many offerings I don’t know what to take.

I think many people have realised that meat is not healthy.

In ancient days, in Jamaica, people ate very little meat.   They couldn’t afford it.  They ate a lot of ground provisions, fruits, and were healthy.   Oil was coconut oil, and flour was often hand made from cassava.  Sugar was very dark and lumpy.

Then entered vegetable oil, junk food, white flour and white sugar, and Jamaica has soared in the number of overweight people, diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Duh?  You think it is the diet?

So many people have now removed meat from their diet, and it is world wide.  Many companies are adding vegetarian or vegan entries to their menus.

Being a vegetarian is no longer being a freak.

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Pear Pecan and Goat Cheese Pizza
February 7, 2017


Pear Pecan and Goat Cheese Pizza

Sometimes you want something fancy, but do not want the recipe to be complicated or take forever. This recipe works really well for that.  Just a little prep work, a quick cooking and that is it.  I highly doubt the recipe from start to finish would take longer than 20 minutes.  You can even preheat the oven before you start prepping.


This recipe works well in Fall because the ingredients are available and seasonal in the Fall, though all ingredients should be available year round.  You do not have to use tortillas for the crust.  You can use tradtional pizza crust or focaccia if you prefer.  I prefer tortillas because I always have them in my house and I like the taste.   I also had someone who did not like red onions, you can substitute beets, red peppers or even

I also had someone who did not like red onions. You can substitute beets, radicchio, endive or even winter squash thinly sliced.  Think Fall vegetables or fruit and you should be safe.  You can also drizzle some olive oil on the top of the tortilla before adding the toppings.

I guess when I cook I rarely use recipes and if I do it is only a guideline, but when writing I try to come up with measurements because not everyone is good at guessing how much to put in a recipe. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

1 red pear, cored and thinly sliced

¼ cup crumbled goat cheese

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

1 tablespoon fig vinegar or balsamic vinegar

2 tortillas

olive oil

arugula, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Place a tortilla on a shallow baking pan, drizzle olive oil on it and place the other tortilla on top; top evenly with sliced red pear.

3. Sprinkle with goat cheese, chopped pecans, and sliced red onion.

4. Bake 8 minutes or until pears are tender.

5. Drizzle with fig vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

6. Can garnish with arugula scattered on top of the pizza.

7. Cut into 8 slices.

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