My friend Rich and I decided that we would go for a curry.
Did I ever mentioned that that during the month of May I signed up to 'Meat Free May' this is an initiative of 'Friends of the Earth' (FoE) where you are encouraged to give up eating Meat and Fish and embrace a Vegetarian Diet for the Month. There are environmental, moral, economic and health arguments for participating. I decided to sign up out of curiosity and interest. I am not a vegetarian, and I am not militant in my views about vegetarian issues, but I generally chose not to eat meat; and I am hugely supportive of any campaign which aims to reduce and eliminate animal suffering. (How anyone can eat 'Foie gras' is entirely beyond me.)
It is interesting that there has been a lot in the papers recently about the use of 'Halal' meat and the treatment of the animals, and the labeling of Halal meat, which has started a huge debate about labeling where meat comes from. I obviously have my own personal views on the subject, but this BLOG is not intended to make moral judgments, or to preach.
Anyway, Rich and I decided we would go for a curry. We thought we deserved it. Rich and I have known in each since high-School, so we were about 11 when we met. Rich and I went to the Cinema a few weeks back (see CINEMA BLOG). I love Rich lots (and I know he'll be somewhat uncomfortable and embarrassed at that obvious and apparent public display of affection). He wrote me poetry when we were in high-School. He is a great friend.
Rich is a vegetarian, and for him this is a personal choice which doesn't reflect in his expectations of others. He has his own personal views on the subject, but doesn't preach to others. We went for a pint, then we went for a curry. We ventured to the Jamal. The local Balti House, where you take your own beer. The Jamal is a fantastic little Balti House Restaurant (in Braunstone Gate for those of you who know Leicester) it has recently been newly refurbished and looks fantastic, all very modern and clean and light. However, importantly the food is as good as ever. We started with Popodoms and Pickles, well you would wouldn't you? Rude not to really. We both had a Biryani for our main course, which is a rice-based dish, with extra mushrooms. It was delicious, not too spicy, just with a very subtle kick. DELICIOUS.
So for me an evening of good friends, good food, and good beer. How splendid. What else could a girl wish for? Well, perhaps Ice-Cream? But that might be pushing my luck. I had a great time. A really great time.