Eggplant – it’s pretty and good for you

Eggplant. Before you say “oh, no, way, gross”, hear me out. There’s a couple of ways to try this fruit (yes, it’s actually a fruit not a veggie) again that will have you googling eggplant recipes in no time.

For those of you who steer clear of anything resembling fruit or veggies; here are two ways to ease in. Not super crunchy granola healthy but, hey – it’s all about baby steps.

Pancake Eggplant (if you’re craving sweet) Slice eggplant into thin slices, dip in pancake batter and fry – this could be a side dish or heck, eat a plateful for dinner.

Bread crumb Eggplant (if you’re craving savory) Place small amount of oil in fry pan, slice eggplant into thin slices Beat one egg and dip slices, then dip slices into panko breadcrumbs and fry – again, great as a side or a meal.

Enjoy!

Canning really isn’t hard

I grew up with a mother who canned. We rarely had veggies from a can, just popped down to the basement or pantry to grab a jar of fresh goodness. It seems nowadays that most people don’t garden or know how to can. Luckily, both of these pastimes are making a comeback. There are 2 types of canning – water bath and pressure canning. I took a water bath canning class from The Gardener’s Kitchen in Cary last weekend. Water bath is used for fruits and tomatoes or other low acid veggies. Pressure canning takes care of the rest. Water bath canning is super easy and I was surprised how much I remembered from watching my mom growing up. We made blackberry jam and then used that jam to make sorbet which was super tasty and finished it off by enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. It was a lovely afternoon and I highly recommend trying water bath canning. Many co-op extension offices offer canning during the summer so try it out. Your family and friends would love to receive something from your garden or that you canned yourself. You can even go to the farmer’s market, purchase a bunch of fruit and freeze it to can later when you have time. Just think, if we planted even one or two items and froze or canned the proceeds what a difference it would make on our eco-footprint on this earth.

Do you can? Did someone you know can growing up? Share your thoughts and favorite memories.

Cheers!

Cute accessory for your straws

So maybe you’ve tried a smoothie made with fruit and liked it.  Then maybe you felt adventuresome and tried a Wicked Green Smoothie and thought “hey, that’s not so bad”.  How do you lime to drink your smoothies – straight from the glass or with a straw?  I prefer a straw and instead of keeping them in the plastic bags they come in; I wanted a cute way to display them.  While it isn’t vintage, this jadeite straw keeper is stylish and functional.  So much so, I couldn’t resist sharing a picture with you.  After all, fast food drinks come with straws and Wicked Green Smoothies are…the ultimate fast food.

Cheers!