Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall In The Air and Eggplant

It was in the 50's early this morning. A drive to retrieve my cell phone at dawn. I could not find it last night and did locate it. What did we do without cell phones? I carry mine all the time and was a little uncomfortable not having it beside me as I made the early morning drive.
A day the weather was perfect. Another image of one of my humming birds. I did not see many during the summer but now an abundance in my garden.

Lately not much of an appetite or rather this seems to be most of the time. Nothing sounds good or taste very good. For some reason I have had eggplant on my mind. Started looking at a number of recipes and the thought if I come across a small - one person - eggplant I will experiment.

I found it at the market this morning and just finished eating a tasty simple dish.

Peeled and sliced 6 small sections and brushed with olive oil and garlic - baked 425 degrees for about 25 minutes - turning once. Transferred to a small casserole and layered with Parmesan cheese, my basil, my last tomato - sliced and mozzarella cheese. Back into the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes covered and then 5 minutes uncovered.

This just something I put together. Do this most of the time. Very seldom follow a recipe.

If I do say so myself - it was tasty. This gives me option as I eat more vegetables and very little meat. Would like to stop eating it altogether.

Also this morning found a very small seedless watermelon that my little girl's will like.

Family coming tomorrow for a home cooked meal of roast and vegetables. It looks like it will be a delightful day for Jamie, Alan and Beth to rest and the little girls to run through the grass.
They make my heart smile. The silence of my life becomes full of laughter and chatter.


Tabor said...

You are one exceptional cook. I am surprised that single men do not line up at your door every evening with gifts!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Tabor - I could write a book. Would not want to embarass my children or grandchildren :) They were lined up for 25 years - but now I shut my gate - I am too busy with my own interest. Would be nice if the special one came along. Being special did not last long for any of them in the past.

Beverly said...

Don't you just love our nice weather....I hope you enjoy your day with family.

Anonymous said...

Your recipe sounds wonderful. YUM. I know you will have fun with your girls there. I am seeing more humming birds, too, for some reason. Our weather is just great right now. I hope you are all recuperated from your fall. Have a great week.

Balisha said...

That sounds so good. Sometimes the simple meals taste the best. Hope you and your family have a nice visit. The girls are so cute.

Deborah Carr said...

I love eggplant, but my other half isn't so keen...

Love your comments on being too busy with your own interests for the lineups at the gate.

Think I'll pick up an eggplant just for me. Ha!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Beverly, Judy, Balisha and Deborah, thank you for visiting.
Deborah - the eggplant was so easy to make for one - make it!!

Sharon said...

I can only think that split-second timing allowed you to capture that hummingbird sitting so still. Amazing.

I am going to try your recipe with zucchini and summer squash because around here I am the only one who eats eggplant, which I occasionally order when I'm out.

Sky said...

i LOVE eggplant -thnx!!

if you haven't tried the indian dish, baingan bartha, you might like to when you are in the city. delicious roasted eggplant curry - my fav with rice or naan. (be sure to ask for "mild" if you are not a spicy hot person.) i love eggplant every way it can be cooked. my mom even made a soup with it from time to time (similar to oyster stew) using milk, butter, eggplant, onions, and seasonings.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon, this recipe I basically made up is perfect for one with a small eggplant. Yes, when I downloaded my images "what a suprise" Sky, thank you for the idea. Have a great weekend to both of you