After ten days of entertaining my parents, showing them around town, and feeding them, it was sort of nice to have things back to normal. But first! We had to bring them to the airport for their 6 am flight. That involved waking up at 4:15, which is not something I want to do again soon. But, with contacts in and clothes on, falling back asleep when we got home a bit after 5 wasn't really an option. What else would a hungry vegan do but make breakfast?
Specifically, biscuits and gravy. I didn't have any baking powder, and despite every biscuit recipe I own calling for it, I wasn't going to let that stop me. No, I merely subbed baking powder and didn't think to add something acidic, like lemon juice or vinegar, so the biscuits weren't the fluffiest or the lightest. Oh well, they can't all be winners. The gravy had crumbled up Chicken-style seitan and lots of spices, so that it sort of tasted like sausage gravy.
Since we had such an early start to the day, we went to uni, but by 11 am both Andy and I were dragging. So we called it a day and came home. For lunch, 2 minute noodles mixed with satay seasoning and a scoop of chunky peanut butter. Cheap and easy, but oh so satisfying!
When you wake up before dawn, the day seems to last forever. Because it was American Buy Nothing Day, we took advantage of some of Townsville's free activities and went to the Mango Festival! I was really looking forward to this, and expected lots of mango sales, plus mango salsa, chutney, etc. It would have been cool to have a mango cook/bake-off, or maybe bobbing for mangos or a mango eating contest. Well, there was none of that. It was just a regular school fete, with classrooms turned into mini-golf, and teachers selling crafts and soft drinks. There was one person selling mangos, and one person selling sauces (one of which was mango sauce). Lame. So we came home and I made bagels.
We didn't eat them until the next morning. I toasted them and topped them with Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, which Andy had gotten me for my birthday... isn't he sweet?
And finally, something we scraped together for lunch. We had very few veggies, very little bread, and no leftovers to snack on. So we took some BBQ sauce, added a tin of borlotti beans, and served it on toast.At least it gave Andy the energy to go out and vote. Though we still don't really know the result of the local elections. 83% of the vote has been counted, and there is exactly a 1.0% margin between George Colbran, labor candidate and owner on 9 local McDonald's, and Peter Lindsay, current Liberal MP for Townsville. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the results....