Melting

Attention those of you in the northern hemisphere: I would love to trade places. I don’t care how cold and dark it is. Please swap places with me and my peeps right now.

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Today is the peak of our heat wave this week. Now I know some people (Gary) love the heat but I’m not built for this. I’ve got Scottish blood on both sides. Give me cold, give me rain, give me drizzle and fog. I rock it. Winter is my friend. Yes I get cold. But I’m happy when I’m cold. I run better. I sleep better. I’m not cranky and nauseous and feeling like I need to shower every 10 minutes because I sweat so much.

Monday was 37 degrees C and I did a 5km run, calf cramps and all. I had to stop to soak my headband in water and also to have a drink. Then I drank a whole bunch of electrolyte drink when I got home and water and still felt faint and crappy (but good about running… Know what I mean?)

Yesterday was 40 and I couldn’t bear the thought of running outside so I paid the $12.50 for a gym entry and treadmill’d it in the air conditioning.

My body is not happy in the heat. The only thing worse is heat and humidity. Thankfully it’s generally not too humid here.

Anyway, whining aside I’ve been pretty concerned about the doglets. I came home at lunch to give them fresh water and I fill the leaky shell pool when I get home so Zeph can cool off. Her fur is black so I’d say she feels the heat! She even let me hose her off today so she was in struggle town too.

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I made an ice block for the dogs too. I put regular food, some chicken treats and some carob pieces in it. Although I supervised them – it’s almost a week now but I want to be cautious about the whole sharing food thing – they were polite to each other and shared it well. Zeph started it off, then she got in the pool while Ollie licked it and got most of the carob out (it froze into the bottom and was the top when I flipped it out of the container), then Zeph went back for round two. She got her teeth into it and broke it up then they shared the pieces. I popped the last few bits into the pool then Zeph had fun trying to fish them out.

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I think they appreciated it. Ollie isn’t too keen on getting into the water but he did let me splash some on his belly to help him cool off.

I’m going to get some takeaway as it’s too hot to cook, and then I might have a cold beer. Ollie looks like he’s already had a few.

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What summer means to me.

It’s only halfway into spring right now, but it’s been so hot and the air has been heavy with the threat of storms that haven’t eventuated yet that it feels more and more summery each day.

When the weather gets like this, there’s no way I want to be cooking inside over a hot stove or heating up the kitchen with the oven. So that means cold food, or move outside.

I haven’t turned the BBQ on since we started this vegan thing in March. But, in line with the weather, I’ve been craving grilled zucchini and eggplant so I dusted the cobwebs off the gas tank, hooked everything up and gave the BBQ it’s first run for the season.

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I marinated some tofu in the morning in a peanut sauce – which I am not quite happy with yet so I won’t be providing a recipe! We then skewered this with some mushrooms.

I sliced up some eggplant and salted it for a little. I generally don’t do this with homegrown ones as I find they usually aren’t bitter. Supermarket ones are a bit iffy so I usually salt those eggplants.

I sliced some zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato. Tossed the veggies with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I added some Cajun spice to the pumpkin and sweet potato.

Throw it all on a nice hot BBQ, with a squeeze of lemon (still have no lemons so I used lime – lemon is definitely better!) over the zucchini and you’ve got a really quick delicious meal.

Lotta threw together a salad for me out of my fridge ingredients and we were good to go. So good!

To me, summer is epitomized in grilled zucchini and grilled eggplant. Both vegetables I fell in love with last year, and were it nutritionally viably I could happily eat nothing but grilled zucchini and eggplant all day every day.

Summer is definitely a salad and grilled veggies.

Interesting thing to note – Lotta commented that she found it nice to have a BBQ with us. She doesn’t eat much meat, and traditionally most BBQs are very heavy on the meat. I hadn’t really thought about that, but when she mentioned it I realized it was true. Aussies are always having BBQs, and the veg component is always a side dish – a salad, or some onions.

And that’s if there is a side dish. One of the typical Aussie responses to an informal event – whether it be Election Day or a school fete, or a fundraiser – is a sausage sizzle, which is a sausages and bread with sauce. Hell, the weekly sausage sizzle at Bunnings for various charities used to be our Saturday brunch tradition!

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So now we are eating plant based, and it’s heading into summer, I’m actually pretty excited to be exploring the world of vegan BBQs. I have a few ideas, but I do know that once our zucchini and eggplants start producing fruit I’ll be out there on a very regular basis. Mmmmm…