Aubergines, Still Life by Olga Koval

Aubergine is the French word for eggplant, readily available in late summer and a staple in Mediterranean cuisine.  I learned from my Mame Jane how to prepare aubergine in a variety of ways common to Provençale cooking. I hope you will venture in trying these recipes.

My favorite is “Ratatouille,” a fresh vegetable stew of peeled cubed eggplant, onions, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and sometimes cooked pieces of chicken or pork.  Garlic and Herbs de Provence (basil, oregano, rosemary, lavender), salt and pepper flavor the sweet combinations in olive oil and peppercorns at a slow cook rendering a tasty sauce to dip with French bread.  A Dutch oven ceramic pot or deep cast iron pot is excellent for this recipe.  Combine all the ingredients and simmer to melt the flavors.  Then blend in a good tomato sauce until all the vegetables are soft and brown.  I sprinkle freshly grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese on top.  This dish is even better tasting the next day.

P.S.  I cook according to the servings desired, two or three of each ingredients; you can decide for yourself what your family may or may not like –you know best.  As for me and Hubby, the spices are robust.  Any leftover freezes well for a later time.

My next recipe is “Fried or Oven Roasted Eggplant.”  I peel and cut the eggplant in thing round slices, either fried in a skillet or roasted in the oven at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  You can coat the slices in Italian breadcrumbs or leave natural.   When done, drain the fried or roasted eggplant on a paper towel cookie sheet and spread a paste of fresh tomatoes onto the slices and sprinkle with grated cheese.

P.S.  the best and sweetest eggplants are small and round, while the elongated ones tend to be bitter and full of seed.

I’ll be making both recipes today to last through Monday’s celebration.

Don’t forget a robust red wine and sweet dessert.  Bon Appetit!


A RE-BLOG POST When to be Silent…….

Sometimes, silence can be golden like this re-blogged post from Kamal –to delight us this Saturday.

Boundless Blessings by Kamal

Know When to be Silent - Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds

Be silent, when you don’t have all the facts about anyone you come across. Why hurt someone and ruin them for their entire life.

Be silent, if you can’t say it without screaming and being rude. The other person will not want to listen to you. In the end it will hurt you only.

Be silent, if your words convey the wrong impression. Sometimes people think you are giving them wrong advice even if you are not.

Be silent, in the heat of anger and jealousy. If both talk in a fit of anger than nothing will work. The situation will become more worsethan before.

Be silent, if your words could damage a friendship that had lasted for many years. Just let it go and cool down as things will work out in the end.

Be silent, if you would be ashamed of…

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“Perform good works all the days of your life, and do not tread the paths of wrongdoing.  For if you are steadfast in your service, your good works will bring success, not only to you, but also to all those who live uprightly.”  –Tobit 4:5-6

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was very good at cleaning the poor in the streets of India.  That sort of grueling work today is so undervalued because it is fast undone.

“Take the time to do humble works, to wash and clean, to show your love for Jesus in real loving action.”  –Mother Teresa

And when the weekend chores are finished, then can we celebrate family, friends and life.

Be blessed with goodness this weekend.


All the flowers of all the tomorrows are planted in the seeds of today.”  –Chinese Proverbs

It’s difficult to ignore the current trends of today.  Everywhere we see this or that new thing to aspire to.  They can be short lived and fizzle out quickly or they may stand the test of time.  What I like about trends is the power it gives me to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to them.  Some even encourage me to create from them in a unique manner with existing resources.

“Trends are like a river:  You can try to divert the water’s course, you can go for a swim, or you can sit on the bank and watch.  The only thing you can’t do is stop the current.”  –Stephen Orr

Now that cooler weather is coming, I can begin an outdoor trend to beautify the curb appeal of our home.

Wishing you a happy weekend.