Wednesday, April 28, 2010


After several years of blogging on, I have decided to move houses to - Why? Well, the main bugbear at the moment is that it throws up huge errors when browsing with my small web browsing device. So see you over at my new digs soon!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Recipe: Imam bayildi (Stuffed Eggplants)

Harvest time!

I had been planning on making eggplant moussaka, but discovered upon arriving home that I didn't actually have a recipe at hand. No matter - stephanie offered this recipe:

3 eggplants, halved lengthwise
1 large onion, finely sliced

1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
(I used a can, rather than fresh)
1 bay leaf
pinch of ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

freshly ground black pepper

juice of 1 large lemon

Scoop out eggplant flesh, then chop and lightly salt and set aside. Lightly salt eggplant shells and leave upside down for 30mins. Rinse and dry shells.
Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Cook onion slowly in 2 tbsp of oil. Add garlic and saute for 1 min, then add tomato, bay leaf, cinnamon, parsley and cook for another 5 mins. Tip into bowl. Rinse and dry eggplant flesh. Heat 3 tbsp oil and saute eggplant, then mix.
Pile filling into eggplant shells and brush with a little oil. Pack shells into an oiled baking or gratin dish. Pour in enough water mixed with lemon juice and remaining oil to barely cover eggplant. Bake for 30-45 mins until soft. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature or cold.

I halved the recipe, since I was only cooking for two.

First up: Let's start with the fresh harvest from the garden:
The eggplants were a bit seedy, I guess I had left them to grow for a bit too long. Cutting the flesh out and cubing it was quite easy. The silverbeet is my parsley substitute.

So here we have the filled eggplant shells heading into the oven. Already they look quite delicious!

40 minutes later, I couldn't wait for them to cool to room temperature, so I ate them after 5 minutes resting. In the introduction, Stephanie says: "Folklore claims that a Turkish priest, the imam, fainted with pleasure on being served this dish by his wife."

I can see why: such simple ingredients, but it takes on an added dimension with the ordinarily plain eggplant melding everything together and making it oh so moreish!
There were no leftovers.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sustainable Food Fair in Western Sydney: Go!

Blacktown Council is hosting a sustainable food fair next week 18 April 2010. Go. No really, just go. Please. Help support cool food stuff happening in Western Sydney, so there can be many more events like this in future.

I quote:

The fair will include a Farmers Market where residents can purchase from a range of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat and baked goods.

The day will also have activities for the kids, environmental stalls and advice, food plant giveaways, and a free organic barbeque for the first 300 people.

It'll be at Grantham Park Seven Hills, which google maps tells me is here:

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, and there will be a free bus every 30 minutes from 1000 - 1330 hours from the Blacktown Civic Centre if you are a true sustainable public transport hippy, and you catch the train to Blacktown first.

I think you are supposed to book a spot on the shuttle and the number is (02) 9839 6582.

I'll be there, will you?