Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 5- I Ate Eggplant!

Hubby let me sleep in again (he is awesome) while he cooked breakfast for Munchkin. Its nice to be a little lazy every once in a while. After I finally escaped the warm quicksand of soft blankies we all got ready and went into town for supplies.

First I had to wander through the nursery and check out the new plants and flowers. Petunias had finally gone on sale so I picked up enough to fill several hanging baskets, plus some marigolds to put in the garden.

Next we went to Goodwill looking for Fourth of July decorations and glass containers. Thrift stores are prefect for finding glassware, especially ones with airtight lids (sometimes they need new gaskets, easy to find online), for pennies. I've slowly been replacing my plastic storage tubs with glass canisters-they don't absorb smells or stain the way plastic does and are perfect for saving fats like bacon grease, lard, and clarified butter.

Last we picked up a bunch of groceries including some stuff I haven't had in years: radishes and sugar snap peas. We also got some thick, juicy rib-eye steaks for supper.

Earlier in the week I'd asked hubby to pick up an eggplant thinking I'd experiment with a few recipes. I never got around to making ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan so I decided to use it as a side dish next to the steaks.

Now, I've never eaten eggplant before. I never had it growing up because my Mom was forced to eat it as a kid, hated it, and refused to cook it (I don't think Dad liked it either). Hubby didn't care for it as a kid and was pretty dubious when I asked him to pick one up, so I knew I had my hands full trying to get the family to try it.

After some debate between the easy recipes and the complicated ones I ended up slicing it, seasoning with herbs, drizzling a little olive oil and throwing the slices on the grill after the steaks were done. Not sure if the eggplant picked up a little steak grease but I found it to be delicious. Hubby and Munchkin topped theirs with melted mozzarella while I had mine plain. Hubby liked it. Munchkin, however, only ate about two bites before squishing her face up and pushed the rest of her slice to one side. I was very happy she at least tried it.

Here's what I did:

Grilled Eggplant

One eggplant
olive oil for drizzling
1 tablespoon Homemade Italian Seasoning (more if needed)
Garlic (we like extra garlic)-I used dried but fresh would work as well

Rinse off eggplant then trim off stem and bottom. Slice, lengthways, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Drizzle olive oil over slices and sprinkle with seasoning. Grill for 5-15 minutes, flipping once, on medium-high till the middle is soft. Serve and enjoy!

Top with mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce for a "pizza" slice

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