Summer in Townsville isn't really veggie-friendly. Most stuff goes out of season, because it is too hot and wet for local crops. The markets dwindle to things like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, sometimes zucchinis and eggplants. This summer was worse than usual, thanks to most of Queensland being submerged in some floods and another good chunk of Queensland getting worked by Cyclone Yasi. Instead of loads of fresh veggies over the summer, Andy and I had a lot of potatoes and not much else -- everything else was from far away, and expensive as a result.
But now that it's cold, we have been able to buy lots of veggies of all kinds, grown nearby and available very cheaply. Instead of needing to rely on seitan-centric meals, we've returned to some pretty hardcore veggie-on-veggie meals. (I realised only after I typed that sentence that it sounds really dirty. But, I'm gonna let it stay.) Here are some of the vege-ful meals we've been indulging in...
Beautiful roasted Brussels sprouts, with potatoes and carrots, and a side of baked beans.
Peanut Curry Casserole, a variation on a recipe from Urban Vegan, full of broccoli, fresh tomato, and chickpeas. On the side, a yummy salad with cos lettuce (also known as romaine), carrot, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds and more tomato.
Eggplant parma (topped with a little sprinkle of breadcrumbs, rather than cheese), with Garlic Bread Zucchinis -- these are an Andy original, a garlicky bread-based stuffing inside of little zukes. And some potato wedges.
And some yummy veggie fried rice, with zucchini, green peas, and carrots. Coincedentally, shortly after eating this dinner we tuned into MasterChef, where the pressure test involved fried rice.
I'm so happy to have a fridge full of veggies again.