Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A day of food with the Tropical Vegans

I’ve seen some bloggers do food diaries in the past few months, and I think it’s a good idea so I’m stealing it. Here’s what we ate over the course of one day…

We started the day off with a bowl of cereal and a cuppa tea. Meusli and Sultana Bran for me, and Vita Brits, Corn Flakes, and Nutrigrains for Andy (we are cereal mix-masters). Whenever we have cereal, we have to fight off the cat, who loves snagging oats, flakes, and nutrigrains from our bowls. Her breakfast is 2 scoops of Veganpet dry cat food.

For a mid-morning snack at uni, we each brought a hot cross bun spread with Nuttlex margarine and lightly sprinkled with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla sugar. Both Woolworth’s and Cole’s hot cross buns are vegan*, and if you shop at the right times, you can find them marked down to half price or lower.

Lunch for me was a leftover chickpea cutlet with some leftover pasta. There wasn’t enough pasta sauce, so I supplemented with some salsa. For Andy, a salad sandwich on a Soy Linseed roll.

When we came home from uni in the early afternoon, Nacho got another scoop of Veganpet, mixed with a bit of snipped cat grass. Andy had a pot of tea. We each had a Berry Chocolatey Blondie. These are basically the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars from Vegan with a Vengeance, but with a few changes. I used blueberry flavoured soy yogurt; I subbed just under half the flour with whole wheat flour; instead of the raspberry layer I used a mix of raspberry and blackberry jam; and instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up 2/3s of a bar of Lindt 70% cocoa.

A little while later we split an orange and a half. Andy started putting together a marinade for some seitan, which consisted of soy sauce, orange juice (the other half), garlic, and hoisin sauce. Nacho got another scoop of Veganpet (are you noticing a trend?).

An afternoon bike ride got our hunger up for dinner, but we kept it fairly light with a stir fry. It featured carrot, capsicum, mushrooms, marinated seitan, and noodles. Alongside dinner we each had a glass of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, which did not go well at all with the flavours in the stir fry. For Nachito, a scoop of Veganpet mixed with a little bit of mashed carrot.

After a day full of food, we still found room for dessert. A mango sundae, to be exact. So Delicious coconut mango swirl ice cream (review forthcoming) and some fresh diced mango. Yum. And for Nacho, yet another scoop of Veganpet.

Aside from all the sweets, and the wine, this was basically an average day. Most days we bring a banana to uni rather than a hot cross bun. Anyways, I find that whenever I try to record my daily food intake, I’m having an ‘unusual day’, so I’ve realised that I don’t know what usual is anymore. But in general, this is a pretty good snap shot of what we eat.

*The hot x buns from Woolie’s in Townsville are vegan. But check the ingredients at your local store, just in case.


Romina said...

Everything looks good. I'm craving those noodles!

Vegetation said...

You guys put my diet to shame. I'd be way too embarrassed to blog a day of food! It all looks yummy.

And Nacho in the cupboard. SOOO cute!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

every time I see or think of a mango, i always think about you guys since you eat so many mangos. I was telling my step mom about yr blog and mango eating.
i seriously love yr cat.

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ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Nacho always seems to find the cutest places to hide! And what a lucky kitty that you feed him a vegan diet (my doggies are omnis, but that's because they're really my parents' dogs).

Your food log sounds delicious, especially the desserts! Those blondies are on my list of things to make. I'd not heard of the So Delicious coconut mango before-- is it a new flavor? I'm off to their website now to check it out!

VeggieGirl said...

ooh, look at all that sumptuous food you've got there!! haha, I see Nacho hiding in the pantry ;0)

Theresa said...

Sorry, Choc Covered Vegan, I think they only distribute to Australia. You'll have to stick with your million and two brands of vegan ice cream that get mailed to you in a thousand decadent flavours.... did that sound jealous?

Unless you come visit, then you can eat your vegan heart out.

Liz² said...

ooh, I love your blondie adaptation, berries and whole wheat are always great, and 70% lindt is my dark chocolate tipple of choice! yum yum, mail me a piece? :D

I like the day of food idea! oh, and hey, you could make a cold mango soup, maybe? not quite the same thing, I always figure cold fruit soups are more like smoothies than um... stew, but at least it's warm-weather approved.

the little one said...

VeganPet? I never heard of it! Bad vegan, me. My dogs have been vegs for a long time but I had been convinced (by the man) that cats couldn't be vegs. Bastards! I'm going to look into the food you mentioned asap. Do you mail order it or get it at a local store?

Ashasarala said...

You have a more well-rounded diet than most! My day consists of oatmeal, some wheat and bean salad, fruit and soup. I'm malnourished, I think!

Everyone talks about making blondies, but I've never heard of them until I joined this blogging world. What are they, exactly? Are they like brownies but without the chocolate bit?

I just can't get over how cute Nacho is! Keep taking those pictures! :)

Johanna3 said...

Nachito is very cute, great food!!