Sunday, January 22, 2012

Discovery of my love for Eggplant

Guess what? I like eggplant. Just made this discovery recently and now I'm obsessed. I have been buying massive ones big enough to feed a family and eating it all week long. I'm making up for all those years I wasn't eating this delectable veggie. I have been making big batches of baked slices and crafting amazingly good veggie sandwiches!

I have baked them just simply by sprinkling them with oil, salt, and pepper, which is quite nice, but even nicer is breaded eggplant! Topped with cheese! YUM.

Here's my recipe!

Breaded Eggplant  

 - 1 large eggplant
 - salt and pepper
- 1-2 eggs (depending on how large the eggplant)
- bread crumbs (I used Italian flavored)  

1. Slice eggplant crosswise.
2. Place slices on a baking sheet and salt both sides. Let them sit for at least a half hour.
3. Blot and dry off slices with a paper towel.
4. Prepare two bowls; One with bread crumbs and One with the eggs beaten.
5. Dip each eggplant piece in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs to cover.
6. Place breaded slices back on the baking sheet.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes on each side at 375 degrees.

For pizza version,
8. After baking 10 minutes, flip the eggplant and add tomato sauce and cheese to the top for the last ten minutes!

For my sandwich above, I also baked zuchinni slices, and topped it with tomato slices and provolone cheese. YUM!

Tips: If you cut the eggplant thick allow more time to cook. I usually try for about 3/8” thick.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pamcakes - More Cupcakes

Philly Style!

For my sister's birthday it was a given we had to find some cupcakes! We tried out a cute little shop nearby her place called Pamcakes. Turns out Pam was the one we bought them from which I didn't realize until we were home and I was google stalking her. Her shop is adorable and I love her decorations. They were actually doing a photoshoot of some Valentine's Day themed cakes when we were there.

So I tried out a plain vanilla and then split a Vanilla Chai to go with the Vanilla Chai I had drank earlier in the day (my new found drink that I like with caffeine....makes me feel a little crazy due of my long life of never having an ounce of caffeine in my body)

Frosting is my favorite thing in the world and her frosting was a delight. The cake though was dry and a little disappointing. Now my family tried two others which they said had nice moist cake, so I guess I just lucked out this time around.

The Vanilla Chai was such a fun different flavor to try. It had quite the bite of Chai. I really liked the originality of it!

Will return and hopefully the dryness was just a fluke. Unless there is a better Philly cupcake out there to try???

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yummy soup for a cold winter day

This weekend, while visiting with the sister and mother, we bonded over cooking a lovely meal of Chicken and Chickpea Stew. This recipe has quite the aromatic spice to it. Having cinnamon in a savory meal is different for me, but I was definitely a fan. The original recipe was from Self Magazine.

Chicken and Chickpea Stew


- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 yellow or green zucchini (6 oz), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. Cook chicken in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Season with ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Cook for 2 minutes then flip and cook another two minutes
2. Transfer chicken to a plate.
3. Cook onion in same skillet, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
4. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute more.
5. Add tomatoes, cumin and cinnamon and cook for 2 minutes more.
6. Add chicken back into the skillet
7. Also add chickpeas, broth, zucchini, remaining 1/2 tsp salt and remaining 1/4 tsp pepper.
8. Cover and let simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
9. Garnish with cilantro.

We cooked large egg noodles and served the stew on top of that!