I don’t know about you, but when I look back at the amount of meat I used to eat I shudder. And there are lots of reasons why. Our own health is one. The health of the planet is another. But I still like the taste of meat sometimes. So what to do?
The people running Abergavenny Community Canteen and those in the Abergavenny Transition Town group are working together to put on an event next Sunday, 8th December at which this thorny issue will be discussed. Guest speaker Peter Harper, one of the founders of the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth and a member of its ‘Zero Carbon: Rethinking the Future’ team has given his talk the title: "Healthy, Low-Carbon Diets: Why are they so awful and what could we do about it?"
This promises to be no dry academic talk. As in other events in the Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Festival going on that day, there will be tastings. Specifically of peas!! I believe Peter will be aiming to demonstrate that mushy peas can be transformed into something meaty-tasting. So come along and try out peas five ways: pea ‘n nut butter, guacamole, hummus, croquettes, mint dip! Sounds intriguing.
There’s a sweet focus to the whole Christmas Food Fair this year, and we’re promised “Delicious Afternoon Tea” at the Just Food event. Not cake made out of peas, but some offerings from talented local bakers. Plus entertainment from eco-poet Susan Richardson.
Call into the Guide Hall in Fairfield Car Park between 2 and 4pm for this free event. Oh, and there are Fairtrade goods on sale – a Christmas shopping opportunity too.