Monday, May 21, 2007

meat and three veg doesn't have to be boring

This is what we had for dinner last night.

Green beans, tomatoes and delicious, delicous grilled eggplant. Just barely visible off to the left of the vegetables is a shoulder of lamb (not the most photogenic of meats!), pre-cut into slices and marinated in olive oil, garlic and plenty of fresh rosemary and thrown on to the barbeque. Yum. Was it ever good.

Because three out of four members of our little family run the other way when they hear the word "eggplant" I got to eat that all by myself. They really don't know what they're missing. Vegetables make the world go 'round!

Lately I've been getting a great deal of inspiration from a lovely food magazine called Fine Cooking. My thoughtful mother gave me a subscription for my birthday (only 4 days to go!) and I've received two issues so far, both full of easy, delicious recipes using seasonal foods and lots of tips and tricks for both the novice and advanced cook. Even if you don't get the magazine, there's enough interesting stuff on the web site to keep you busy for hours. And no, no one's paying me to say that. I just quite impressed, that's all.

So if you think you can't cook, think again and go check this out. It might even turn you into an eggplant lover.

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At May 21, 2007 4:35 p.m., Blogger ossy said...

That dish looks soooo good. I have never been very good in the kitchen, so I have a great appreciation for anyone that has the gift!

At May 21, 2007 4:39 p.m., Blogger Poppy Fields said...

I agree on loving eggplant! Your food photos are always so good and make me want to come over for supper :)

At May 21, 2007 7:08 p.m., Blogger Maria said...

I love veggies (including eggplant)! I think I could go most of the summer with very little meat!

Thanks for the link. I love, and I'm sure that Fine Cooking will be great too! :)

At May 21, 2007 7:15 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Andrew *thinks* he doesn't like eggplant either but I love it and this looks great!

At May 21, 2007 11:02 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said... can always give me the eggplants!

At May 21, 2007 11:48 p.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Mmmmm. Fine Cooking. Yes. Eggplant? Maybe not! LOL.

At May 22, 2007 1:47 a.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Your right, it's a nice website. We love eggplant too, love your photo.

At May 22, 2007 2:18 a.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Yum yum yum... I love eggplant - my kids think they don't like eggplant too - but I hide it in all manner of dishes and they have never noticed. Very scrummy as a babaganosh - I like the idea of pre-slicing the lamb 'before' marinating - might give that a go too.

At May 22, 2007 2:19 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

mmm I looked at the website and am encouraged by your comment.. '' if you think you can't cook''.. thats me. I'll try out something new.. thanx :-)

At May 22, 2007 8:54 a.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

"So if you think you can't cook..."

That would be me. Thanks for the link. :)

At May 22, 2007 6:31 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I love eggplant, especially grilled! And you're right, lamb is never really photogenic,... except for a rack. Mmmmmm!

At May 22, 2007 9:02 p.m., Blogger christina said...

ossy - It just takes a little practice but I'm sure you have many other great gifts.

poppy fields - Thanks! There's always room for one more. :-)

maria - I could skip the meat too, I think, although I do like it, but the vegetables are the best part.

alison - Mr M has a whole long list of "I won't eat that" stuff and it drives me mad.

elemm - Nooo, they're all mine! :-)

thimbleanna - OK, no eggplant for you!

rositta - Yes, lots of good recipes on there. I'll be busy trying them out.

lynda - Our oldest has been kown to try the unknown but the little on knows right away if I'm trying to put on over on him. He can smell an eggplant at 50 paces.

lillian - The recipes there seem really simple and there's lots of how-to instructions.

Lisa - We'll be expecting great things. But hey, if your family is still alive you must be doing all right. :-)

CanSwiss - The eggplant is SO good grilled. I could have eaten just that and been happy.

At May 23, 2007 7:34 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

that looks gooooooodddd!!!!!!! minus the egg plant yuck. never accepted that slimetaste in my mouth. blachy.

At May 23, 2007 3:32 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I would gladly come help you eat that eggplant, Christina. I don't think you could put anything on the table that I wouldn't eat!!!

At May 23, 2007 5:49 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

I adore eggplant! In fact I have some waiting to be cooked! Have to wait until tomorrow. It won't go with the meal I have planned for tonight.

At May 24, 2007 4:46 p.m., Anonymous jessica said...

mmm, this made me want to cuss and i only cuss when i like something a lot.

At May 24, 2007 6:31 p.m., Blogger christina said...

andrea - No sliminess when it's grilled. It's really good!

ginnie - Well, I'd try not to! :-)

maribeth - Another eggplant lover to add to the list. :-)

jessica - Well, I'll take that as a big compliment.

At June 04, 2007 1:59 p.m., Blogger IslandGirl4Ever2 said...

That looks SOOO good... I have to make it sometime!!
I'm hungry now!!


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