Well, actually, it wasn't Gordon saying eat British veal but Janet Street Porter. Mr Ramsay just supported her and gave her lots of air time!
Now for you humans, veal is a touchy subject. It's the dish that dare not speak its name. As far as I am aware, I've never eaten veal - well, let's put it like this, the Mistress hasn't ever fed me veal. I think I can safely say we are a veal-free zone.
The Mistress used to be a very strict vegetarian but even she was applauding the latest edition of the f word because it pulled no punches. Check out the website and you’ll see what I mean:
There was lots of footage of calves being exported (VERY distressing) because..we Brits are not eating the by-products of the dairy industry namely veal. And now live exports have just started all over again! Even if you love a veal escalope, do check out Compassion in World Farming's site (linked from the f word's site) www.ciwf.org and see how you can eat with a conscience. No, CIWF is not a veggie-ranting campaigning organisation so don't worry about that! It presents a very balanced argument about how farm animals should be treated – something that chefs, foodies and animal lovers all agree on, amazingly enough!
And let's face it, the vegetarian-hating Mr Ramsay has a point about vegetarians; in a way it is hypocritical of them to tuck into a tasty ploughman’s or a caffe latte but slam the consumption of veal. It's a fact, no dairy, no veal!
The Mistress faced this moral dilemma with her other half; on their very first date they went to Pollo (it was a cheap but cheerful Italian in Old Compton Street) - so you can guess it was some time ago. She ordered something vegetarian and he went straight for..yes, you guessed it, veal! The Mistress was very much in love (ha!) and so decided to say nothing. However, that live and let live feeling has somewhat dissipated. Last night, she made him watch the end of Trinny and Susannah (Gordon Ramsay’s pigs that got slaughtered) so that he could be “informed”! I think he was massively affected by it but will still be tucking into some prosciutto crudo next time he passes an Italian deli....
So, Gordon Ramsay gets the thumbs up in our house; not least because he is showing the nation what’s really involved in the food we all eat – human and canine (in my case!). And his message is very clear; you can eat British veal with your conscience intact! At least you won’t be supporting the live export of baby cows, in hideous conditions, to an even worse fate across the the Continent.