It’s not a happy day in Australia today—it’s election day and we are being forced to choose between two particularly uninspiring—and frankly, quite scary—major parties. The leader of one of these parties (and we’re pretty sure which one…shudder…) will become our new Prime Minister.
I don’t want to talk politics today though, I’d rather talk FOOD, because it’s Vegan MoFo, of course.
The polling booth
I walked to the local primary school to cast my vote this morning. Despite the dismal outcome expected, it was a lovely walk in the bright Spring sunshine. Blue sky, pink blossom, bees and butterflies—it was all happening.
Everyone was marching up the road to do their civic duty. I waved to neighbours and old friends I haven’t seen for years. That’s the great part of election day.
The festive atmosphere at the polling place made it seem like a good day. Unfortunately, the food stalls only offered a choice of :
- Sausage in bread
- Egg and bacon sandwich
- Bacon sandwich.
As I was waiting in the queue, I heard a customer being asked, “Would you like some bacon on your sausage?” Arrgghhh!
Tonight we’re sitting down to watch the election coverage, in the vain hope that someone with at least a smidgeon of compassion and integrity will at least be elected to the Senate.
To provide just a little comfort, I thought we needed something really yummy, but quick and easy, for dinner, while we ate in front of the telly (normally NOT ALLOWED – but this is a desperate situation!).
I had 6 left over lentil burgers (I’ll report on those on TV Tuesday) and decided to pair those with a salad based on the veganeasy.org Rainbow Salad , and potato and pumpkin baked in olive oil and dukkah.
It’s been so long since I made this salad that I’d forgotten just how delicious the dressing is!
Try this dressing!
Seriously, this dressing is so good that after I’d mixed it up and transferred it to the serving dish, I found myself licking the bowl as enthusiastically as if it was chocolate cake mix. I really recommend it. It’s an earthy, satisfying combination of hummous, sesame oil (I LOVE sesame oil), horseradish and mustard.
Numbing the pain
And, though I’m not normally much of a drinker these days, we got in some stubbies of Coopers Sparkling Ale (and a large block of dark chocolate) to numb the pain.
And when it all turns bad, and we can watch no longer, we have borrowed the original version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Apparently, it has obvious animal rights messages, so we’ve wanted to TRY to watch it. Tonight seems like a good night to do it.
A little good news, at least. Not only does it look like the lovely Adam Bandt will be staying, it also looks like Andrew Wilkie will retain his seat. Here he is speaking about live export earlier this year.