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!