December 14, 2012

National Biscuits and Gravy Day

“That’s six weeks easy time in the hospital. That’s biscuits and gravy.” - “The Longest Yard”

It's National Biscuits and Gravy Day!

My mom spent some serious time living in the South when she was in her early twenties. When I asked her to describe biscuits and gravy to me, here's what she said:

"In the South, biscuits and gravy - like grits and sweet tea - are part of every meal. Sometimes it's meat gravy, sometimes not. Usually white and served on freshly homemade biscuits. Warm, comforting, 'roll your eyes back and swoon' good. Here [New England] we'd just think of them as empty carbs and an unnecessary side, but that's because here they're just bread with greasy glop on the top. In the South... they're heaven. Made with such love. And such tenderness. Heaven."

I'm sold.

I can count the number of times I've eaten breakfast this year on one hand. It's just not a meal that thrills me. Despite that I'm an "adult", this still concerns my mom who believes that breakfast really is the most important part of the day... especially for a girl who's constantly on the go.

So, today, I'm making her proud by getting up early and making myself something real hearty in the form of a totally vegan biscuits and gravy breakfast!

(Side note: if you want to add tomatoes to your gravy, I highly suggest that you DON'T use a fresh chopped tomato that you just plop on top [like I did]. Buy a can of crushed, or even diced,tomatoes and mix them directly into your gravy as you're making it.)

Happy National Biscuits and Gravy Day!