I am a vegetarian by choice, living in a country which is strictly non vegetarian. In fact, I am sometimes looked at as a freak. Eating out, hence is a huge problem for me, because I have only four options – pizza, pasta, salad, potatoes. Also, this is a country which labels fish as vegetarian! (No kidding)
Anyways, for a change we went to a Greek restaurant. I like trying different cuisines as long as it is vegetarian. I went for a Meze platter and asked the waitress repeatedly in my broken French, which is vegetarian and which is non vegetarian. She showed me 3 dips, and confirmed they are “légume”, and I started having the obviously veg slices, with the dip.
I was very suspicious about the pink dip, coz I can’t think of any vegetables that can give this beautiful pink shade to the food. (Beetroot has a honking pink colour). So I called the waitress and asked her again whether it is vegetarian. And she, once again, confirmed yes. It was actually delicious. But I couldn’t let go off the nagging feeling. So i consulted Dr. Google for – Taramasalata
Taramasalata – is a Greek meze made from tarama, the salted and cured roe of the cod, carp, or grey mullet (bottarga) mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a starchy base of bread or potatoes, or sometimes almonds.
Am I still ovo lactose vegetarian if I eat fish eggs? 🤔