It’s going to be a Very Veggie weekend. Just look at this stuff! How fabulously obscene is that eggplant? When I pulled it out of the box from my CSA veggie share, I laughed loudly enough to distract John from his very serious phone call and make him smile. No joke even needed what with that thing in my hands! It’s already peeled, sliced, salted, and draining in a colander. After about an hour or so, I’ll rinse it, squeeze out the excess moisture, and brown it in olive oil. Topped with sauteed garlic and fresh tomatoes, it will make a fantastic meatless dinner tonight (recipe posted in comments, below). Alongside pasta with pesto – I also got a big bunch of basil, so I’ll puree it with olive oil and garlic. I don’t add cheese to the puree so that I can use it as a marinade for meat and fish as well as a sauce for pasta and vegetables. When I toss it with hot pasta, then I add the cheese. Works like a charm.
The fried eggplant is incredible. Piled on a couple of thin slices of stale baguette, it made a yummy little late-afternoon snack. Now it’s time for a long, warm, post-swim shower, followed by padding back out here to finish making din…
John, A, and I had a lovely dinner together, pasta in chicken noodle soup for A, pasta with pesto and eggplant for John and me. Mmmm…. Man it was nice to not go to a baseball game today. A real Saturday, reading, swimming, cooking, listening to tunes. NICE!