Environmentally the meal was disturbing, but in some respects it was no different from eating factory-farmed animals. They're raised in appalling conditions; I would like to see a complete ban on factory farming.
Climbing at high altitudes, you need to keep food as simple as possible and in the wilds of Tibet you are offered traditional Tibetan meals, free from Chinese influence, by hospitable farmers. These usually consist of dried yak meat with a roast barley flour, to which you add a little tea. You knead it with your fingers into a doughy ball and then pop it in your mouth, but it needs practice, or you make a real mess of it.
Back home, I also favour simple food. The Quince and Medler (13 Castlegate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, 01900 823 579), is a vegetarian restaurant serving delicious, original dishes with delicate flavours. You leave there with a fresh taste in your mouth and you feel comfortable, even if you've eaten a lot.
I also enjoy good pub food, and The Mill Inn (Mungrisedale, near Keswick, Cumbria, 017687 79632) is a great climbers' haunt, serving unpretentious, well-cooked Lakeland food. It's one of those small, traditional places which are so hard to find now. I like smaller, more intimate restaurants with pleasant service - a bad meal always starts off with a bad welcome. I am terribly impatient as well, although I have to be careful about that, as you end up with a wonderful meal.Reuse content