Friday, December 19, 2014

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!

I've led a pretty sheltered life when it comes to food.  Most of my adventures have been led by my sister.  She is a Foodie Extraordinaire.  

Open a kitchen cabinet and you will find a dozen kinds of oil.  More than a dozen kinds of vinegar.  Her cheese drawer has only one commonly noshed cheese ... cheddar which was sent as a gift ... and many others whose names I've only glanced at while walking by the gourmet cheese section.

Mr. Ralph was not a fan of eggplant.  I am becoming a fan.  My first love is baba ganoush, mainly because I can buy it already made.  It is a creamy, smoky flavored concoction that you can use as a spread or a dip.  AND so low calorie!



One day for lunch we went to a Persian restaurant to try Shiraz Eggplant .. a wonderful blend of eggplant, tomato and egg with amazing spices.  Turmeric being the most prominent, I think.  Another eggplant dish that would make a nice dinner.  And guess what?  My next door neighbor is Persian and LOVES to cook so I can get some tips.  We also discovered Persian "Crack" ... a crispy delicious side dish made from the bottoms of the rice pots!  Called Tah Dig it is perfect to dip into ANY of their dishes or just tzatziki (which I also love).

Last night we delved into Indian food.  I'm 62 1/2 and have never had any Indian food, except maybe Naan.  Every dish was good and my two favorites were an eggplant dish called Baingan Bharta and a nice warm gooey spinach dish called Saag Paneer.  And I think I can make them both at home.  May have to buy all the saucy condiments they provided ...

Eggplant is going to be my new best friend.  Goodbye white potato ....

Have I mentioned how much I love my sister?

6 comments:

  1. I've had Indian food a couple of time and can't say I want it a third. But it's fun to try new things. With with Ralph on egg plants.

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    1. Not too many like eggplant ... but I'm wondering if they've tried it in better ways than eggplant parmesan. It's filling and warm and very low cal ... like a potato if I could just leave off the butter or sour cream ....

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  2. A friend moved into a home that had previously been owned by an Indian family. She had to have the walls, carpet--everything removed and replaced to get the smell of their aromatic spices out of the house and still...when you first walked in, you could smell it. You are such a gourmet--I just like plain food. Eggplant makes me gag, LOL

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    1. I like plain basic comfort food as well. TOO much probably. I really do want no longer be considered "obese" (yes, I have more than 40lbs to lose).

      Glad I do like eggplant as it is really low cal!

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  3. Love eggplant and used to make something called Mock Caviar. It was a dip and spread. I'll have to look in my recipe file.

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    1. Oh PLEASE share the recipe! My sister is also sharing her five spice eggplant recipe.

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