Friday, March 16, 2007

MIDDLE EASTERN EGGPLANT AND GARBANZOS

It's Foodie Friday time again people.

This is a dish that you could make a lot spicier with the addition of some chilies and or chili paste and would be quite delicious! However, this is how I made it.

-1 large eggplant cubed
-1 can garbanzo beans
-2 ripe tomatoes diced
-½ red onion
-2 cloves garlic pressed
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1tsp cumin
-½ tsp curry powder
-1/8tsp thyme
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 bay leaf
-¼ cup vegetable stock
-1 small can tomato paste
-Salt and pepper to taste

-Heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté red onion for about 4 minutes
-Reduce heat to medium low; add garlic sauté about a minute
-Add rest of ingredients, mix well, reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until eggplant is nice and mushy
-Serve over rice, couscous, other grain or eat alone. A nice dollop of yogurt with some cucumber grated in it never hurts either.

Enjoy

On a potentially happy note, Tony mailed off the computer today and it should be arriving at the computer fix it man (Daddy) Tuesday. Mom and Dad I am going to email you just as soon as I post this so don’t be mad if you read it here first. I’m getting there.

On an even more exciting note I am thinking about getting a hair cut. I have been incredibly bored with my hair and have never really come to like the color that was put in last summer. I don’t want to get rid of a lot of length because I think I would look a fool with short hair. I just want some shape and something different. It will probably end up looking the same though. It always does. They always tell me they want to get rid of length so I don’t lose the curl at the top of my head, but it doesn’t matter. Unless I have no hair I will always lose the curl at the top of my head. It just does that. The question now is where to go, where to go. I have only got my hair cut once in Chicago (I don’t do this often people because i have serious fear of looking like an utter fool see 7th grade) and while it was a fine experience they only took off about three inches and I am guessing anyone could have done that. My hair was really long at the time and no one noticed the three inch difference, I even had to stand up to get my hair cut. It cost $80 although it did include a blow straight, which took a while. This is with no coloring and I desperately need a color change, even if it is just back to natural, seems like it would be pretty expensive. If I get it cut I’ll totally post before and after pictures. Wait, I won’t, the USB cord for my camera blew up. Never mind. I always think never mind is one word. Damn Nirvana.

Silent All These Years, Tori Amos- Oh man the angst. Little Earthquakes takes me back to high school and unrequited lame crushes in a bad way. I’m glad I’m past that phase in life.

The Sun Goes Down and The World Goes Dancing, Magnetic Fields- This song is something that you can’t help being happy to. This type of song makes me feel a little sad that I can’t dance. Maybe I should take some ballroom lessons. I bet Tony would love that.

Express Yourself, Charles Wright- This song has been co-opted so often by commercials that I sometimes have a hard time enjoying it. However, it is so good that I can sometimes ignore the images of people flouncing around in mediocre clothes. Speaking of jingle songs I was watching a financial commercial this morning and was wondering where I knew the song from- “Stop wasting my time, you know what I want, you know what I need, or maybe you don’t” Oh yes people, it was “Gimme That Money” from Spinal Tap. Is nothing sacred?

16 comments:

Jeff Roberts said...

Sounds pretty yummy. I'm supposed to meet the parents for an early dinner so I'm resisting the urge to hit the vending machine before I leave...We'll probably end up a Cracker Barrel, where I doubt they have any eggplant and garbanzos. If we even get in anywhere - there are first round tournament games here at Rupp today.

notfearingchange said...

LOVE the receipe...
As for the hair...well how fast does your hair grow? Maybe short would be fun! SEXY HOT SOPHISTICATED.....
this from the girl who has struggled for almost 3 years to grow her's out!

Eve said...

Hmm, this sounds like a job for Craigslist! I don't know if you can get free color or cut in Chicago, but it's worth checking out the Free and Volunteers sections.

With Love, Fat Girl said...

If you need any hair advice, ask Lance Morrison of Lance Morrison blog fame, linked from my blog.

The guy's a master with curls, my hair has never looked better. And snce you have your picture up on your blog, he could probably offer you some sound advice.

Jaclyn said...

If you're looking for a great place in chi-town to get your hair cut, there is an awesome salon down on broadway right next to the starbucks down there in my old neighborhood...damned if I can remember the name right now but it's literally 2 doors down from the starbucks on that corner....grr...I need to move back...

Kiyotoe said...

i'm going to start trying your recipes and your music suggestions. Just broaden my horizons all around......

Eve said...

Yum! It sounds like an adaptation of ratatouille.

CSL said...

Whoa, that price tag makes me thankful I live in the sticks. But I'm looking forward to seeing the before and after shots. And, about the Spinal Tap song - I think it's safe to say that truly nothing is sacred.

taureandevi said...

Sounds really good. My husband is a lifelong vegetarian and his favorite is eggplant. Bring on the chilies and he will be in heaven. Can't wait to try it.

Wishing you well

Danielle a.k.a. taureandevi

should-be-working said...

Hey Natalie, my wife's out of town until Friday and I'm pretty much subsisting on Ramen Noodles, Cereal, and beer. Could you cook something and mail it to me? I'd definitely eat it.

ShadowFalcon said...

Tori Amos omg - I really need to put her on my ipod

Wobbly*Bits said...

I just chopped off all my hair! I would totally make you go to my girl - I think she's the BEST, but it looks like you have really curly hair and I know it's harder to find someone that's really good at cutting curly hair. I'd hate to recommend my girl and have her not be the best for you. But oh, how I love her!

Sounds YUM! If I ever cooked I might attempt it.

Natalie said...

Jeff- I went to a Cracker Barrel once, it was rather quaint. They had nice rocking chairs our front.

Not Fearing- It grows fast but short really scares me, a lot. I had too much problems. I went from above the ear hair in 7th grade picture to shoulder length in 8th. 7th grade picture was the worst ever. Plus I am scared of ugly growing out phase.

Eve- There is a place but you have to stand in lines forever to get in and I am too lazy. It is like ratatouille but different, I always have to go and try to be different.

With Love- I'll have to check it out. I should have some idea of what I want him to do to me.

Jaclyn- I wonder where it is? I made my appt but if I'm ruined I’ll be checking that place out next!

Kiyotoe- Do so at your own risk. I think the stuff is great but....

Natalie said...

CSL- I'll have to find someone with a camera to photograph my head. I could use mine but since the USB cord blew up I can't plug it in anywhere. The price is high, I hope I overestimated and it will be worth it.

Danielle- Lifelong veggies unite! I Love eggplant too you can do ANYTHING with it.

Should be- If I had a freeze drying mechanism I would be all about it but I don't, so I won't.

Shadow- You most certainly do. She is certainly one of the artists with the most albums on my iPod.

Wobbly- Congrats on chopping it off. I admire that ability in people. My hair is strange in that it curls about four inches shorter when dry so people often misjudge what will happen and I end up with far too short hair. SCARY.

Steven Novak said...

You know what...I might actually try and make that. ;)

Steve~

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