A full version with recipes can be found at the Slow Travel Berlin website. more...
Full version with recipes can be found at Slow Travel Berlin. more...
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Tobias and I are meeting tomorrow with the couple who organise another Berlin supper club: Fisk & Gröönsaken. (For the English speakers and Germans who are not familiar with north German dialect, that means Fish & Vegetables, apparently.)
In our correspondance, the Fisk & Gröönsaken couple have described themselves (with perfect accuracy) as pescetarians. This made me start thinking about the definitions of such diets, as, in my experience, it is actually quite rare for people to describe themselves properly. It is probably petty and smallminded, but it irritates the hell out of me when people say things like "I'm a vegetarian, but I eat fish".
So, in praise of Fisk & Gröönsaken's accuracy, and for the purposes of venting my general frustration on this matter, here are my definitions, and the ones I will be assuming apply if you describe yourself as vegetarian, vegan and so on. Feel free to disagree with me, though I will probably be scornfully dismissive of your opinions.
No red meat
It is not correct to call yourself a vegetarian if you eat poultry and seafood. "No red meat" is the correct description. I concede there is some legitimate dispute over whether or not pork counts as red meat.
Again, not a vegetarian. Describes someone who eats everything except for land-dwelling animals - i.e. when it comes to animals, only fish and shellfish are acceptable. I presume (although would welcome clarification on this matter) that aquatic mammals are also forbidden?
Does not eat any animal flesh, whether beast, bird, insect, fish or shellfish. Any products derived from animal flesh or bones are also proscribed (e.g. - gelatin). Some vegetarians feel life is too short to go scouring the contents of every product they purchase for traces of animal product; an attitude which is not strictly vegetarian, but with which I have some sympathy.
As vegetarian, but prohibition also extends to any animal product. This means that all dairy products are out, also eggs, and many (although not all) vegans also avoid honey.
Fortunately, I have never had to cook for a fruitarian. This diet is hard work. Fruitarians eat only botanical fruits: that is, what naturally falls from a plant and can be harvested/eaten without damage to the plant itself. In addition to the limitations of veganism, fruitarians also reject the leaves, roots or stems of plants.