I'm a big fan of lard.
People make fun of it. Lard has become a short form for obesity (lard-butt, etc).
But it's just rendered pig fat, and it's wonderful stuff. Not as fancy or cheffy as duck fat or goose fat, but it does much the same thing.
For someone like me who isn't a vegetarian but does cook a lot of meatless meals, it's a great way to add a bit of meaty fat to my cooking.
In this lemon curried rice with chick peas and mixed veg, lard added a nice little porky touch to my dish.