Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Eat a rainbow

You don't need skittles or other yucky candy to taste the full range of colours... all you need is some fruit and veg. Here is some of the colourful and wintry food we've been eating.

Avocado, tomato, cucumber and raw corn salad. Avocadoes are at the peak of amazingness right now, and they are so creamy and good that we've been having them at least once a day (on the weekend we had avocado for breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Green zucchini, sauteed with oil, salt and pepper; a grilled tomato half; eggplant bharta; and purple potato patties (purple sweet potatoes mashed with corn and coriander).
More purple potatoes, paired this time with japanese pumpkin and a spinach-cream sauce to make lasagne.
Leftover lasagne made a reappearance the next night, along with some bright red, juicy tomatoes stuffed with silverbeet (swiss chard), carrot and breadcrumbs.
And when you need some hot pink in your life, try some grapefruit juice.
Now, the only colour I'm missing is blue... but it's been so cold that my fingers and toes are maybe a little blue. Okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but it's cold enough that my normally liquid coconut oil under the bathroom sink has turned completely solid--now that's cold.

23 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Ew, no skittles!! Thank you for showing how to enjoy the rainbow with FRESH, REAL food!! :0)

Vegetation said...

Mmmmm avocado....and I'll have some of that lasagna thanks! I used purple sweet potato once, but mine came out white once I'd cooked it, I was so very sad.

And cold is when you have to sleep with your head under the doona because it hurts your nose to breathe :P

Vaala said...

Wow, all those colours are amazing! And freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is the best. It's my favourite part about visiting my parents, although I've never squeezed the pink grapefruit before (just eaten it normally).

I agree, it's got much colder down this end of the world lately. Winter has well and truly arrived.

the little one said...

Hmmm. Cold down under? Really? Like, what is the temp.?

The salad looks wonderful! When asked what one food I would pick if I was stranded on a desert island, I always pick avocado. Love 'em!

Groover said...

Cold in Townsville? I don't believe you. If it's cold in Townsville then it it must be freezing here in Brisbane. :-) Without any exaggeration!

Alec said...

What gorgeous food you have there! Can you get avocado locally? If so, I'm wicked jealous. As I try to move towards eating more local food it will be tough to give up avocado. So tasty!

Urban Vegan said...

"Peak of amazingness." I love it.

Your colorful diet sets such a good example!

It's hard to believe it's getting colder in the southern hemisphere. My coconut oil has finally liquified--even with the AC on!

romina said...

I looooove raw corn!! That salad looks dee-lish!

ClaudiaWR said...

I'm so jealous you are able call that food wintry! I wish winter could equal peppers and avocados for me.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

The lasagna is one of the most amazing things I've seen in a looong time. Vegetables can have amazing colors. I was cutting squash today and thinking "how can the color be so vibrant!".

Katy said...

Real food rainbows are way better than the fake kind in a bag.
I love avocados too! And that fresh grapefruit juice is enough to make my mouth water!

Sanja said...

That does look colorful. Your lasagna looks very intriguing (in a good way)...

Theresa said...

Cold is relative... the other night it was 8 degrees celsius, or 45 fahrenheit. In the mornings and evenings it's about 18C/64F, and during the day it's been 22C/70F. But it's the wind that's so chilly! The sun is warm, but our house doesn't get any because it's so well designed for the tropical summers...

Alec, avocados are very local. Most of the ones from the market are grown about an hour north of here or less. I wish you could freeze avocado, because they are so good now but in a few months they will be impossible to find.

Bianca said...

I love purple potatoes! I only wish they were more available around here. I found some at the farmer's market last season, but so far, none this year. Probably still too early, I guess.

Monika K said...

I'm so jealous of your vacation below to Mission Beach! I'd love to be relaxing on a beach, stuffing my face with avocados and mango ice cream. How's school going?

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Colorful food always makes me so happy, ESPECIALLY purple food!

just me said...

I just found your blog and I love it! I have a spent a significant amount of time in the Atherton Tablelands in the past two years studying and vacationing! I love the country and the people and can't wait to come back! and your food brings back so many memories!

But I love your blog and you have such a wonderful variety of food! I'm so glad I found your blog!

kindkitchen said...

Who needs Skittles when you have fruit-I love it! :)

Jackie said...

The avos here are great at the moment so are being added to everything.

Nothing like a lot colours to brighten up a winter meal. Very cold here in South Africa this winter.

Kumudha said...

Everything looks so tasty!

Here in Detroit it's very hot these days!

vko said...

What delicious eating! yum yum yum for vegan rainbow eating- little nacho must be building up a bit of a winter coat!

Vivacious Vegan said...

I love eating a rainbow of colors. It pleases me immensly when I've got some food from each color represented.

Avocados have to be one of the best foods in the world. I wish I had an avocado tree.

Vegan_Noodle said...

You sure are eating a rainbow of colors!! even more impressive since it's winter down under...