The Vegan Month of Food is an annual blogging challenge where vegan bloggers commit to blogging for 20 days or more. This year, for what was to have been my second MoFo, I thought I was way ahead of schedule. By early September, I had a theme picked out and had come up with some ideas for posts. Then I checked the PPK forums (birthplace of MoFo) and discovered that I was actually woefully behind schedule. MoFo was moved up to September this year and I was too late to participate. Rather than miss out on the fun, I’ve decided to go ahead and share my 20 themed posts anyway in a series I am dubbing 20 Days of Happiness.
There’s a scene in A Muppet Family Christmas where Ernie and Bert (from Sesame Street) have a conversation with Doc (from Fraggles) and Ernie and Burt can’t help pointing out what letter every word begins with. “Bunk beds: B words!” they say as Ernie chortles. When Doc looks at them askance they explain, “Where we come from, this is small talk.” My sister once said that the scene reminded her of our family — except that complaining, not letters, are our family’s small talk. It’s not that we are unhappy people. We just like to air our grievances. But sometimes it’s good to air positive feelings too and that’s just what I plan to do. For my next 20 posts, I’ll focus on the many reasons I have to be happy.
BISCUITS AND GRAVY FOR MY HUSBAND
Today’s post is brought to you by the letter H for happiness — and husband — the guy who’s been cracking me up for 13 years, who watches Christmas specials with me every year without ever suggesting I’m too old for such things, who writes funny songs about our cat and who’s the very best Daddy our son could have.
When I think of my husband, biscuits and gravy are the first food that comes to mind. Before I met him, I had never seen or even heard of this combination. It is, apparently, a Southern (U.S.) staple and I am definitely a Yankee. My husband, however, is from the Midwest, which embraces a lot of Southern comfort food traditions, and biscuits and gravy were a staple of his high school years. Several times a week, he would head to a local diner chain for his gravy-fix. After he stopped eating meat, I began trying biscuit and gravy recipes in an effort to find the best one. When I tried the recipe from Vegan Diner, I knew I had found the winner. As a bonus, the recipe relies on ingredients I usually have on hand. The gravy recipe is just margarine, flour, nutritional yeast, soy milk and spices — but the end result has a great flavor and the thick texture that my husband loves.
Recently, my son and I got up early to make this favorite breakfast for my husband. We went all out and even made breakfast sausage patties from scratch using the Vegan Diner recipe. (I actually made them the night before because they need to steam for about an hour before being pan-fried).