Written 11 October, 2020.
I went out to see what the fuss was about, and found magpies frightening away a baby goanna from their chicks.
We’ve now had a week of Charmain Solomon’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook, along with Claudia Roden’s A Book of Middle Eastern Food and Wilson, Goode and Kaylos’s Greek Australian Cookbook – and we should be feeling great, but we’re falling asleep through the day, each slyly taking naps, hoping not to be discovered by the other after claiming we were quietly writing! Then today, we slept openly from after morning tea- mango pancakes, which we shared with Dy and Tripi who visited just as the last one came out of the pan- till mid-afternoon. Too long! And yesterday, with Dy, I helped our neighbour who’d hardly begun to clear his huge block; Dy was doing much more work with a brush-cutter but I was up the back near the fire trail, wrenching hundreds of bracken out of their tight grip on his soil- then I stumbled home and slept for three hours.Three hours! What’s wrong with me?
Do you think it could be the virus? I squeaked in fear over a vegetarian lunch.(Imam Bayildi- pre-salted eggplant simmered in oil and water,eggplant cut like boats bearing a cargo of part-fried onions and tomatoes and parsley- the week’s triumph in a week of culinary triumphs entirely due to the recipes)
It’s caught up with us! I’ve been careless! it was the party when i didn’t wear a mask!
GG is much more sensible than me. He helped himself to the last of the rice- white- I haven’t been able to bring myself to cook brown rice- which would have been much more nutritious.
Sleeping has never been listed as a symptom of co-vid.
It could be a-typical! I’m hanging on to fear.
Could it be our diet?
Our diet’s wonderful. So many vegetables! I’ve never cooked so well! (a bit of petulance here because I’d done exactly what Charmiane said)
But it’s been a big change. And we’ve had no protein.
What’s protein got to do with it?
None. Not even eggs.
There was an egg in the pancakes.
One egg between three eaters! Four if you count Tripi. Not even cheese. Nor milk. In fact, we’ve become vegans!
I hadn’t intended that we become vegans.
We might need protein for energy, he persisted.
And I know he’s right. It’s what I’ve always asked pale vegans: Are you getting enough protein?
My doctor had said to be a vegetarian every second day. In my enthusiasm, I’d forgotten and became a vegan every day.
Today I’ll ring my friend in Greece. She’s a great cook, and learned the ancient dishes of Lemnos from her mother. She really knows what a mediterranean diet is. Once, in Lemnos, her mum took us out early one the morning, the first morning after rain, and we caught wild snails to eat. We watched her prepare them over days, cleaning them. They were delicious. Wild snails is an ancient Lemnian speciality. And tonight we’ll have roast chicken. I’m looking forward to it, and hope to stop napping. I must stop assuming every oddity of health must be co-vid.