My maternal grandfather is a vegetarian. Even more unusually, the great grandmother on my paternal side was a vegetarian too. She lived in a very early hippy colony and owned an organic food shop….
I don’t have a problem with recession food. I’m happy to eat trotter or tongue.
The problem is that restaurants seem confused about the concept of recession food. Surely the point is that they don’t pay as much for the meat, so we get charged less for eating cheap cuts. More than often though, you find ox cheek priced like it’s beef fillet….
Moules marinière is a real treat – most of all though, it’s not crazy expensive and it’s so easy to make.
The trickiest part by far is finding the mussels to cook. I live in the East End – home of the eel and mash…but no mussels – yet when I visit my parents in Leicester (surely one of the furthest places from the sea in all of Britain) then there seem to be mussels aplenty. Weird….