I've always had a soft spot for you - possibly because I loved your mother and everything she did.
And you've always struck me as a reasonable sort of bloke when I've seen you on TV, or read your articles in the Observer.
But to read your comment that 'everything is better with bacon' has lead me to feel a modicum of pity for you - which is not something I could have anticipated.
I'll grant you that the comment may have been made as a throw-away, slightly tongue in cheek line, guaranteed to get a response, but, really, even to entertain the thought for a second reveals a lack of imagination.
In fact, you have the argument on its head - the sentiment should read, 'everything is betterwithout bacon'.
As a guy in my late 70s, I grew up with the 'Meat and 2 veg' mindset. Vegetables were an adjunct, an add-on to the main event - the meat. And I'm sure that mindset includes perhaps 95% of Britons - but should it include yourself, Jay? If the answer to that is 'yes', I would be very disappointed.
I consider myself a moderate cook - but when I became a vegan 12 years ago, now, I found I had to start thinking out of the box.
If I, an average to moderate
cook can produce, healthy, tasty - really flavoursome - dishes without meat, time after time, imagine what amazing things you
could conjure up?
I love my food, and I eat very well - but there's an added bonus to 'everything is better without bacon' - it comes guilt-free!
Warmest regards, Paul