Now I have a few random moments to share:
- It has not been a great week for transport. Earlier in the week my tram broke down halfway into a busy intersection. I loved hearing one tram driver say to the other, you take the brake off and I will push. Meanwhile behind me some women were laughing that it was like pushing a couple of angry rhinos (because we have had adverts warning people to keep clear of trams because they are like a charging rhino). But I have taken more trams than I intended this week because I have had a flat tyre on my bike.
- We watched Alaistair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor turned mental health advocate, on tv (Q and A) who made the interesting comment that we talk as though some people have mental health problems and everyone else is fine but that no one has perfect mental health. And seeing his pain when someone praised Boris Johnston showed that the new British prime minster is not good for his mental health.
- When winter comes I drink more hot chocolate. One of my regular cafes (the Glass Den) was serving a beaker of hot chocolate with a glass of Persian fairy floss to pour it into. It was fun. Then they stopped the fairy floss and I asked why. Apparently it came in plastic bags and had to be wrapped well to keep it fresh so they made the decision not to keep using something that required so much plastic.
- I was sad to hear that Margaret Fulton, the grand dame of Australian cookbooks, died yesterday. My mum didn't have lots of cookbooks when I was young but her Margaret Fulton cookbook was battered from frequent use. And I loved reading the cookery section of magazines as a kid which often featured her recipes. She was just everywhere and gave good sound cookery guidance and recipes.
- On a tv show called Ask the Doctor, I was surprised to hear that researchers estimated that 1.5% of the population have coeliac disease but of that group, about 80% have not been diagnosed.
I am sending this pilaf to Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen who is hosting Eat Your Greens with The VegHog.
More eggplant recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Baked eggplants with cashews
Chocolate peanut butter fudgies (v)
Macedonian eggplant salad (gf, v)
Stargazy pie (v)
Pearl couscous pilaf with eggplant, lentils and peas
Adapted from Martha Stewart and The Washington Post
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 large eggplant, diced
1 onion diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 heaped tsp of vegetable stock powder
1 1/2 cups dry pearl couscous
400g tin of lentils, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups of green peas
juice of 1 lime
Fry eggplant in a large frypan over medium high for 10-20 minutes until soft and starting to brown at the edges. Push eggplant to the side of the frypan and fry onion for 5-10 minutes until golden. Stir in garlic and spices for a minute. Add boiling water, stock powder, couscous, lentils and seasoning (just a pinch of each salt and pepper for me). Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed by the couscous and it is chewy and cooked. Stir in peas for a minute or two or until warmed. Stir through the lime juice and serve.
NOTES: my peas were already cooked but frozen ones don't take long to warm through. I think this would work well with rice but would need to cook longer and might need more water (or soaking).
On the Stereo:
Greatest Hits compilation album: Queen