Monday, September 21, 2009
Madeline's eggplant dip
Madeline made a yummy roasted eggplant spread on the grill- with a little help from me of course-
. . This is such a simple side to make we make it alot while waiting for dinner , it is such a healthy addition to the meal. Egg plant has a lot of nutritional value to it.
First select a nice eggplant, we get ours fresh from a farm near us so they are firm and nicely colored, then put it on your grill over medium heat- poke a few holes in it - like when baking a potato-. Close the lid then wait till it gets nice and black and wrinkled.
When the skin cracks and is black - mine actually exploded, she forgot to poke hole in it for when it expands, so I got a bit of a surprise, - let it cool a minute then peel off skin and put the flesh in a bowl and mash it up .
Mix in a few other things and that's all that is in it. The roasted eggplant takes on a more distinct flavor, almost a smoky taste.
Madeline gives it a taste and says yummy, and all plated on her serving plate. She did a great job. At 13-14 in a few weeks- she is becoming quite a little cook she is really enjoying experimenting with new foods and adding new flavors together. She has my curiosity about flavors and how they work together.
While a couple of our guest politely tried the eggplant, some where not fans of it. But it is a yummy very earthy flavor, theres nothing processed in it I think folks get so used to all the fat and other stuff they forget what real food tastes like.
we love this dip and do make it quite a bit. Actually the kids are pretty good veggie eaters. we also made a fresh lima bean casserole that week with mushrooms and carrots it was so good. We do get some odd looks when the kids eat this stuff, but I do not keep much if any junkie food in the house so they only get sweets on holidays or on some nights when we do smores on the fire pit.
I believe God gave us one body and we should treat it well. Nourish it with good things- both spiritually and food wise-.When we are nourished we are in a clear state of mind and have the strengh and energy to accomplish any task the Lord asks us to do.