Monday, October 01, 2007

Curing a cold, tropical style

Friday I mostly zoned out in the beanbag because I felt pretty awful, so on Saturday morning I decided: enough! I'm going to get over this freakin cold. Ever see the South Park episode where everyone gets SARS, and Stan has to go on a vision quest to find the Middle Class White cure--chicken soup, cough syrup, and ginger ale? Well, I took advantage of the Tropical Australian cure.

First, on Friday night, Andy made a stir-fry for dinner featuring his cure-all combination of chilli, ginger, and garlic. He also threw in some lime juice for vitamin C, and soy sauce for taste. He marinated some chicken-style seitan in this mix, and then cooked it all up in the wok with some carrots, capsicum, and zucchini.

The next morning, we hit up the chemist for some cough syrup, and then went straight to the beach. We spent the first half of the day reading in the sun, swimming, and watching people play with the dogs in the surf.
Make sure you bring a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water and suncream.
This No-Ad stuff is great, because it's cheap, effective, and vegan. I've got a bunch of it still from the States, and I may be asking my parents to bring some more over when they visit in November.
After the beach, I didn't have much of an appetite, so we had a nutrient-dense lunch. Avocado mashed up with lime juice, coriander, and garlic chives, on 9 grain toast.
The cure must have worked, because by Saturday afternoon I felt so much better that I cooked and baked! For dinner, eggplant parm. Fresh, unfried slices of eggplant, topped with a chunky tomato sauce, and covered in a simple, creamy nutritional yeast sauce.
Andy reckons, "If you didn't know this was vegan, you would wonder what kind of weird cheese is on top".
For dessert, banana bars, similar to Susan V's Banana Coconut Bars. Instead of using soft tofu, I used peanut butter. And rather than coating them in icing sugar (we don't have any), I just sprinkled on some cinnamon before they baked. Yum, yum, yum!
So, maybe it's not the most medically sound cure. I still have a nasty cough, but I really do feel much better. A little vitamin D, some salt water, and lots of healthy vegan food is good for the body and the soul!


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Glad to hear your on the road to recovery & feeling better! Not surprising with all this TLC and great, healthy food. Andy's stir-fry looks awesome! :)

Monika K said...

Looking at the cold and rain outside my window, I want to be on that beach REALLY bad! Also, I've never thought of putting avocado spread on toast but that sounds delicious.

Veganista said...

Glad you're feeling a bit better! I don't envy you that bug, but as for the rest of this--the yummy food, the beach...that's another story. I'm really taken with the eggplant ''parmesan"!

Anonymous said...

great cure!

the food looks deliciosa!

VeggieGirl said...

mmm, with all that delicious food, I'm not surprised you're feeling better!! glad to hear that you ARE doing well. how funny - I just had a stir-fry with chicken-style seitan (my first time EVER having seitan) tonight for dinner; it was delicious!! ooh, and I love your version of Susan's banana-coconut bars!!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

hey, what ever makes you feel better, right?! everything looks wonderful!

bazu said...

I hope you're feeling better, Theresa! I didn't realize No-Ad sunblock is vegan- I'm glad, because I've used it quite often.

The Little Vegan said...

I want a cold now, just so I can have some of that stir fry! (Not to mention that fab-looking eggplant parm!)

Rabbit said...

Oo, be careful how long you keep that sunscreen for, it expires. So don't stock up too far in advance. =)

Denny said...

Is that my Yankees hat?