Emergence of the Domestic Goddess

September 9, 2007 at 5:44 pm (books, cooking, environment)

Inspired by the wonderful book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver (along with her husband and daughter), I’m bringing out my domestic side.  I’m doing some “putting up” this weekend.  Kingsolver’s book (in case you haven’t heard) is all about eating local, seasonal food for better health, global consciousness, and to support local economy.  Putting up food for the winter is an important part of being a “locavore”, it is the only way to eat vegetables and fruit year round without resorting to buying food imported in from South America or other distant places.  And to be clear, I’m definitely not joining the locavore movement completely.  For one thing, I don’t have the freezer or cellar space for a winter’s worth of canned and frozen food.  Also, I don’t have the time or energy to complete this task.  But for some foods, I think it may just be worth a little bit of effort to reap the rewards later.

Lately, I have gotten into cooking with roasted eggplant – and for those of you that read my other blog, I’m truly not obsessed with eggplant, I promise, just bare with me!  I remember from years past, its exceedingly hard to find edible looking eggplant during the winter at the local supermarket.  So this weekend, I am roasting, pureeing and freezing eggplants. It freezes remarkably well in roasted form in freezer bags.  While at the grocery store yesterday, I scurried gleefully over to the eggplants in the produce section.  I was more excited than I should have been at the sight of lots of big, beautiful eggplants – all for 99 cents a piece!!  So I bought six of them, and god knows what the cashier thought of me, but who cares.  I’m sure it wasn’t the weirdest purchase she encountered that day.  I also got a strange look for my cotton mesh produce bags that I bring from home, I’m sure she thought I was just some tree hugging freak, which is OK with me.

The undergraduate student that I’m training at work always asks me what kind of plans I have for the weekend.  No doubt she already views me as a total science geek, and I’m flinching a little to think how she’d view me if she knew that my weekend plans centered around putting up roasted eggplant.

So after the jump, I’ll put my two favorite roasted eggplant recipes (same ones I’ve put on my other blog).  One is Roasted Eggplant Orzo Soup and the other is Roasted Eggplant Marinara.  They really are tasty, easy and quite healthy.

Read the rest of this entry »


Permalink Leave a Comment