Not So Clueless

By Kelly

6 mile treadmill run watching Sex and the City Season One

This weekend Tara brought me some vegetables from the garden that she and Justin planted this year.  This is their first year of vegetable gardening and look how incredible it is…

Tara and Justin’s garden.
Rumor has it that they are starting a gardening blog!!

She gave me a sample of their eggplant, cucumbers, green peppers, basil and lettuce.   Since Ryan does not like eggplant I have never cooked it before.   Tara (who is an amazing cook) recommended making a recipe for Eggplant Chana Masala from Alisha Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet.  It was so delicious and since Ryan wouldn’t eat it I had a friend Courtney try it out and she seconded my opinion.

Eggplant Chana Masala
Serves 8


3 large onions, roughly chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon (or to taste) curry powder
1-2 teaspoons (or to taste) cumin
1 large eggplant, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ pieces
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained
2 (14-ounce) cans peeled tomatoes, drained
1 can vegetarian chili (Health Valley and Amy’s make good ones)
1 handful fresh chopped cilantro (about 1/2 cup)


Saute the onions and garlic with the oil, curry powder and cumin in a large pot until the onions are soft or translucent, approximately 5 minutes.

Add the eggplant and saute for 5 minutes longer until lightly browned and softened. Sometimes the eggplant will absorb a lot of oil, so you might need to add more to prevent sticking.

Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and chili. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. It will get watery, but then reduce to a thick, stewy consistency.

Add more spices to taste. Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve.

I used Amy’s Spicy Vegetarian Chili and I did not add the cilantro because I didn’t have any on hand.   I have had this cookbook for a while, but have never made anything out of it.   Based on the eggplant recipe deliciousness, I will try out some other of her recipes..Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew might be up next.

We have a new addition to our household.   A new flat screen TV.  That might not seem like a big addition, but the fact that we already have 10 TV’s in a household that consists of 2 adults and 2 dogs seems excessive to me.   Ryan loves TV’s and especially a TV that is on sale.   He thought it was important to have a TV on the screened in porch so we can enjoy sitting outside and watching TV.

Number 11

So last night we dined alfresco while watching the Olympics.   I have to admit I really enjoyed it.

By Sue

Rest Day


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