the eggplant and i

October 1, 2009

We’re friends! I’ve been trying to use up the lovely eggplants some friends of ours donated us and first came up with a walnut/rosemary/pasta concoction. Yum.

Last night’s endeavor was Baingan Bharta a.k.a. Eggplant Curry:

There’s no real recipe since I just used what I had on hand but it went something like this:

  • saute 2 diced jalapenos and 1 tbs grated ginger in oil
  • add 2 diced small onions and cook for 5
  • add 2 diced garlic cloves and 3 chopped tomatoes (juice ‘n all) and cook for 5 more
  • add inch cubed eggplant (after salting it for 30 mins and rinsing it)
  • stir in about 1 tbs curry powder/garam masala
  • cook for another five mins
  • season to taste with s&p;
  • garnish with cilantro and serve with brown rice
  • And maybe some blue corn tortilla chips

Twas glorious. Defo would have been better if I had had some cumin and tumeric on hand but it was still delish.

What else have I been munching on the past couple of days? Oh these…

Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

Again it was make it up as you go with whatcha got but this involved slicing one sweet potato and coating it with olive oil, diced rosemary and salt:

I then adding some grated fresh Parmesan on top and baked them until crispy (about 25 mins).


I have some super awesome news too involving traveling. Next weekend (not this coming one) I will be going to Austin for a week! I am so excited.

I may or may not have mentioned before that I studied abroad in Austin (in case you’re a new reader, as the blog title suggests, I’m a wee Brit) and that is where I met my lovely fella, Dan. We are both heading down there which is pretty amazing. I haven’t been back for three years so I am extremely pumped! I’ll be working for a couple of days but then be basically freeeee to eat Tex-Mex, drink margaritas, bask in the undoubtedly better-than-Minnesotan weather, see old friends, see family and generally have a big knees up. Make way for the mother of all vacation re-caps. Everything’s bigger in Texas, ya’ll.

I’ll also have some stellar guest posts lined up for that week so even more for you to look forward to!!

Anywho, I had my last run before the ten mile race this morning in the absolute pouring rain and freezing cold! It was miserable and I was drenched.

At times with the wind and rain blowing into my face I felt like it was a real uphill battle (especially when I was actually going uphill!) but I reasoned that if I could run five miles in that hellishness then I could take whatever Sunday throws at me.

Back soon with a fun project Dan and I will be working on later! Ciao for now!

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Food Makes Fun Fuel October 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Those sweet potato fries sound herbed to perfection.
Good luck on the 10 miler!


Lindsay October 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Those sweet potato fries sound delish! They look so crispy!


brandi October 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

the curry and fries look awesome!

great job on the run :)


Leianna October 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

That recipe looks amazing, need to try it because I love eggplant!
A Texas sized vaca sounds awesome, much needed break from MN:(


melonshots October 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

i adore eggplant!
and curry :)
i will have to make this!


nourishing mornings October 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

love eggplant, and my favorite way to eat it is in an Indian dish, so i must make this recipe! :)
that is so exciting that you are going to Austin in a few weeks, i hope you have an amazing time there lovie.



Emily(The Experimentarian) October 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Where did you cultivate such an amazing flair for creating all that Indian food? I'm always so impressed with your creations! Good luck on the race! xoxo


Jeanne October 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I love sweet potato fries! They are sooo good!
Good luck with the race!!!


Holly October 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm

you hobag. i want that meal. and now. and those sweet potato fries – how does everybody gets theirs to turn out so well? mine always end up a bit soggy, which is obv no good.

cannot wait for you to get a vacay – so pumped and excited for you! i have some guest post ideas brewing too – it will be something fabulous, don't you worry!

love you lots girl – chat soon. can't wait to see what you and dan have concocted!



joyofood October 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I'm in sweet potato heaven looking at those fries, I love em.



Erin October 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Eggplant curry is da bomb! Tumeric woulda made it better, but still delish. :)


insideiamdancing October 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I love eggplant- the curry looks delicious! I usually stick to Italian recipe for eggplant…need to branch out!

Good luck on the race this weekend- sending good vibes! And so exciting about Texas!


Susan October 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I am drooling at those sweet potato fries! They are perfection!!

I've always wanted to go to Austin. I think it's because of the SXSW festival, or because that season of the Real World was my favourite :P

I brought my long run indoors today because we had similar conditions here. I was feeling like a huge wimp about it. Not anymore! Although, you get mad respect for being braver than I ;)


Michelle October 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I am soooooo crossing my fingers that it does not rain on Sunday!!!


Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 1, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Wow, baingan bharta AND sweet potato fries? Double amazingness!


Low October 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Yum those fries look great! I'm cooking up some Indian tonight also. Have fun in Austin!


Nicole October 1, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Man, I would love to go back to where I studied abroad! Have a wonderful time in Texas!


traveleatlove October 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I have always wanted to go to Austin! I studied abroad in Ireland and love going back there. It was one of my favorite times of my life :)


april October 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Yummy fries!! Rosemary makes such a good flavor on food!


BroccoliHut October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

What a tasty twist on fries! Puts my simple S+P sweet potato fries to shame!


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

i am loving all of your eggplant eats!

yay for tex-mex in Austin! you are gonna be eating WELL :)


Taylor October 2, 2009 at 12:13 am

Delicious!! Apparently I have rosemary growing in my yard, so I may have to try this out soon!


runnerskitchen October 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

You are so creative in the kitchen, come cook for me?

Good luck this weekend!! Can't wait to hear a recap of the 10-miler :-)


Priyanka@thehealthydiary October 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I am loving your sweet potato fries!!
Loved the baingan bharta!
I have posted a recipe on Baingan bharta here:


jesslikesithot October 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

Those sweet potato fries sound INSANE! I must try them….i'm sure the parmesan & rosemary makes 'em!

Glad you got through the run girl- and so true! if you made it through that, you will obviously do amazingly this weekend!! :) xoo


Jenny October 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm

sweet tato fries.. get in my bellay!

ahhh what an exciting trip ahead of you! I've always wanted to visit there (ever since I saw Real World Austin that is..)

I'm so lameee


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