A few weeks ago, I snuck up to St. Louis to spend a few days with my mom and her wonderful husband. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. While my folks were at work, I spent my mornings reading with the sunrise and coffee and taking walks around Historic Lafayette Park. During the day, I would catch up on some much-needed adulting I needed to do then saunter off to my mom’s plot at the community garden to collect vegetables for dinner. One night I whipped up this eggplant dish and accompanying main of stewed tomatoes and rainbow chard… more on that to come. For now:
Roasted Eggplant with Goat Cheese, Pomegranate, & Pistachios
3-4 Japanese eggplant, sliced in half the long way
1 four-ounce packet of goat cheese, crumbled
Pomegranate seeds, half a pomegranate
1/4 cup of roasted pistachios
1 tablespoon almond oil (I skimmed the oil off of an almond butter jar)
1 lemon, halved
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 tablespoon honey, optional
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400ºF
Place sliced eggplant facedown on a lightly oiled baking sheet, place in oven and bake until tender. About 25 minutes
Remove from the oven. Flip eggplant cut side up and lightly glaze the cut surface with almond oil and squeeze lemon across the eggplant.
Top eggplant with goat cheese, pomegranate, pistachios, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste
For a little extra pizazz, you can, ever so sparingly, drizzle honey on top with a little extra sea salt.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Well, let me tell you, things have been heating up plenty in my kitchen lately.
As some of you may know, I completed a successful Kickstarter Campaign back in May. I’ve now been working on the business and more importantly the incentives for all the fine folks that contributed. One of these items is a collection of recipes by made by laura lee.
A cookbook! Yes! This will be so fun! I thought to myself. Well…. I think I underestimated how much work would go into this bad boy. Wowzah! I’m still compiling a thoughtful introduction, testing and getting pictures of every recipe, etc. Putting together a cookbook is a full time job. My hat is off to some of my culinary creatives that have already put one out. I appreciate all the help and pointers that I’ve received along the way.
For those of you that are waiting patiently, thank you. Please know it’s a work in progress.
I know for cookbooks that I purchase, I love pictures! I want a picture for every recipe! Obviously, I rely heavy on the visual side, but is there something you like in a cookbook? What is ideal for you?Let me know, I’ll see what I can incorporate just for you.
I am one of those people that if I am not learning something new on a regular basis I begin to feel stagnant. I feel stuck. I then become frustrated. Usually, I don’t pay attention to the nagging in the back of my mind until it’s too late. The last few weeks I have been overwhelmed with lengthy to do lists, custom orders, and planning some big life changes (more to come soon). As I was rushing around yesterday, I had a iCalendar notification for an ice cream class that I had signed up for a month ago. Signing up for this event had completely escaped me. What a treat, an ice cream class in August! Well done! Thanks, past Me!
The co-owners of Lick Ice Cream partnered with Sustainable Food Center to host this class. What a great opportunity for such a great cause, for more on that click here. There was a demo and then we broke off into groups to create our own fig inspired ice cream! We were given a base, chocolate sauce, fig jam, and neufshatel (fancy cream cheese). I, clearly, fell into the right group when the decision that all of the ingredients would have to be used! We went with a chocolate and neufshatel base, with fig & chocolate swirls. Heaven! Due to the smokiness of the figs this year, it tasted like toasted marshmallow. As a serious s’mores fan, I was completely blissed out. In fact, I would have taken a picture of our batch, but…. we ate it all.
Who knew making ice cream was so easy. I was always under the impression it was much more difficult. I’m looking forward to testing out new recipes and maybe, potentially, incorporating some recipes into the upcoming cookbook!
Thanks Lick and SFC for a great learning opportunity!
While I’ve been an absolute mad woman creating gig posters, updating my blog with shows, my Etsy Shop with more of my Cards for a Cause, learning others songs (more on in an upcoming post), taking on the social media for where I work (OPA!, go ahead and give them a like on the ol’ Facebook), I have been silently sticking to my #1 New Years Resolution: READING.
January’s Book: Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
A few years ago my cousin, Lucy, came to visit me here in Austin. Lucy is an amazing woman, a doctor, and I’ve always looked up to her in that big sister I never had kind of way. I hadn’t seen her since she got married and she looked fantastic. She was in town for “some Paleo Conference.” Lucy was talking non stop about this Paleo business. She told me that I had to read this book. After her departure, I got home one day and there on my porch waiting for me, freshly from Amazon, was this book compliments of Lucy.
Fast forward 3 years, maybe more, to January 2015. I still haven’t read the book, because like any book that anyone tells me to read I, of course, drag my feet. What prompted me to pick up the Primal Blueprint, besides my New Year’s Resolution? I have a particular health condition that has been passed down through the women on my mother’s side of the family (Thanks Mom!) and I find as I have gotten older certain symptoms are rearing their ugly head. My doctor, who is fabulous, gave me several options to help me with some of the symptoms, none of which either of us were thrilled about.
I think we can all agree, my doctor included, that a lot of what happens here in the States is we treat symptoms rather than the cause. Because of my condition, I have side effects such as a very hard time keeping stable blood sugar levels, which can be more than frustrating and turn me into a HANGRY monster in no time. I started with two major changes immediately:
1. Butter Coffee. I cannot give up coffee. EVER. I am Laura Lee and I am addicted to coffee. The problem being, I can have my two cups in the morning (which is all I ever need) and then all of a sudden crash like nothing you have ever seen. I have made the change to butter coffee and that crash has gone away completely. Not to mention it tastes like drinking a latte!
2. Protein. I have been raw, I have been vegan, I have been a vegetarian. In recent years, I have just settled eating meat once or twice a week, nothing crazy. This last month though, I have forced myself to eat meat once or twice a day.
HOLY COWS AND BACON, BATMAN! Who knew that eating a little more protein would make such a drastic difference in my life?!?!!?!?!? The symptoms of my condition have completely dissipated, I have way more energy, I am in a much better mood, productivity has gone up, I am sleeping WAY better, and the most amazing thing… My sweet tooth has virtually disappeared! Ok, ok, and even though this next item wasn’t on my New Years to do list, I’m not going to lie and I am pleased with the results, but I have unintentionally lost 6 pounds since January 4th. Not bad, right?
This was a great read. Usually health stats and medical articles are daunting to read, Primal Blueprint was smooth sailing and easy to relate to. It’s true, there are moments of discomfort when Sisson challenges everything we are taught to know and believe, but given the results, I would say there is a whole lot of truth to this, not just a diet, but lifestyle. Enjoy!