When pursuing a spiritual life, which has at its core the love of God, wouldn't we want our lifestyle to reflect our ideals? If we accept that all creation is His, then we need to celebrate his creation, not harm it. A vegetarian diet that holds all life to be sacred is a first step on our journey towards God realisation. With a commitment to being vegetarians-eating no animal products, including meat, fish, fowl, eggs and anything that contains their by-products-we are making a clear and significant statement that our priority is to honour God and his creation. We are saying that instead of living in a world of exploitation, we are living in a world of love.
As vegetarians we are practising a lifestyle of compassion and kindness, not only in our personal life but also in relationship to the life of the planet. A vegetarian diet makes less of a negative impact on the resources and health of the earth and helps support the ethical treatment of animals. Positive moral choices have significance far beyond our own personal horizon.
When life is full of responsibilities and too overwhelming, we need to find those activities that can give us a sense of peace and calm. There is something nurturing and satisfying about preparing a meal for loved ones. Even taking a little time to cook for ourselves can dissolve the stress of the day and give us a sense of well-being that is beyond the goodness of the food itself.
We live in a time in which we are at risk of losing a sense of intimacy and connection. Family meals are a time to relax and enjoy each other's company and to nurture community and love. Cooking is a wonderful chance to cultivate these values and also to be creative and experimental; therefore we have included variations of some recipes to inspire a new culinary journey. We have tried to keep these recipes as simple and tasty as possible.
As culture within Britain has diversified, so too has its food. We have, therefore, included both traditional British recipes as well as recipes that reflect the modern British population. These have been flavoured to embrace what we now consider to be British taste.
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