I’ve had this website for a long time, since 2000. It started out as a response to my partner, who at the time was not eating meat. She worked at night, so I’d have a big fry-up, or a roast with some mates most nights. This led to an interest in recipes, and meateaters.co.nz was started.
The site was popular. It dealt with all meat, as long as it was red. No chicken allowed. It also dealt with ethical production and advocated for farm sales of home killed meat. The biggest traffic came one night when a famous TV programme did a story on selling meat and the regulations around this. That night visitors swelled to 1,500 in the space of an hour.
Don’t get me wrong—I still like meat. I just don’t go out of my way to eat it. And I don’t think you should either. I grew up in the country, and there’ll be farming friends who will be dismayed at my stance, but the world is in crisis, and eating less meat (not ‘no’ meat) is one of the ways we can help save the planet.
This all happened rather fast. The hosting account was up for renewal. I decided not to renew, and so the site was closed down. I didn’t even take a database dump of all the content, so all the recipes are gone. My favourites were a great pork ribs recipe, and a blackened beef recipe cooked on a hot barbeque—one of the best pieces of meat I’ve ever eaten. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe if you’re interested in looking for it 😃
Thanks for visiting over the years. All things come to an end. I’m hoping to be a healthier happier individual. You should seriously think about it as well. Start by reducing your meat intake to one or two meals a day. It’s actually easier than it looks.