“Look after the roots of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow." -B.K.S. Iyengar
I love this time of year when the gardens and farmers markets are
just overflowing with colorful vegetables. I'm a sucker for new and
exciting vegetables that I've never tried, so you can imagine my
giddiness when I spotted these Turkish eggplants. When I brought them
home, I thought they were too pretty to eat, so I took some pictures of
them and waited until the right time to use them. Time went by and I
knew I needed to use them soon before they shriveled up.
I ended up stuffing them with a delicious herbed quinoa mixture
with some olives and chickpeas mixed in. It really was a
spur-of-the-moment thing. I cut the tops off of these pretty little orbs
and scooped out some of the seedy flesh and salted the insides really
well to ward off any bitterness. I let them sit all salty for 30 minutes
or so while I prepared the filling. Then, I quickly rinsed some of the
salt out of them, wiped them dry, and drizzled them all over with some
olive oil. I baked them in the oven unstuffed until they were tender,
then filled them with the quinoa stuffing mixture and served them with
some goat feta sprinkled on top. Alas, I have no picture of the final
meal because my apartment was too dark to get a decent shot and they
were so tasty that we finished them that night. I didn't even write down a recipe for the quinoa stuffing, but really, you can stuff them with anything.
So, no recipe today, but I'll leave you with this message instead: Try something new and exciting and be creative with it. If it turns out not-so-tasty, it's totally ok. But if it turns out delicious, then it's totally worth it. Enjoy the end of summer, everyone!
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