Posted by terrepruitt on April 29, 2014
I love eggplant. I read a blog called Dinner of Herbs and she posted a recipe for Eggplant Bruschetta. Yum. I used to not like bruschetta because I didn’t like tomatoes. But I like it now . . . well it depends. I like some bruschetta and since I love eggplant I thought I would like this. As I was making it I laughed because she only listed amounts for two of the ingredients and it turns out I didn’t use the amounts for those that she stated. Also, I had to laugh–yeah, right!–because I went to the grocery store on Thursday right after my Nia class. I like to do my shopping while I am already out, so on my way home I stopped by the store. My WHOLE reason for going was to get the ingredients for the bruschetta! I even wrote them down. But while I was there I thought of a few other things and completely overlooked one KEY item on my list. I forgot the bread. DUH! Can’t really make bruschetta without the bread. I used to think bruschetta WAS the bread. Then I came to think bruschetta was the tomato mixture. But bruschetta is the bread topped with the tomato mixture. Eggplant bruschetta just has eggplant added to the mixture.
Since I like to run all my errands while I am already out I decided to wait to get the bread on Sunday after my rotation of teaching Nia at the YMCA. HOLY MOLY! My husband is under strict instructions to remind me never to go to the grocery store on a Sunday. Geez louise. I was there over an hour. It was so crowded. But I got the bread! I got two different kind since my husband doesn’t really like bread and he really doesn’t like hard sourdough. So you can imagine he doesn’t like TOASTED sourdough. So I got him some wimpy soft bread and I didn’t even toast it.
Anyway . . . for Dinner of Herb’s recipe I used a very large eggplant and I cut it up into tiny cubes. Way smaller than she shows on her site. I put garlic salt on it. I roasted it for 45 minutes. I only used three tomatoes for roasting. I also roasted them with garlic salt. Then I added a half of a raw tomato along with about two tablespoons of raw chopped onion to the mix of roasted eggplant and tomato. I actually always thought that bruschetta was raw tomatoes so that is why I added some raw tomato.
So I loved it. My hubby ate it. As I said he is not a bread fan so he was not at all excited about it as I was. I thought it was delicious. I think it is so delicious I am going to make it again, but just the eggplant-tomato mixture and put it over pasta.
I am excited about this because – as I just said – it is something else to do for pasta, or heck . . . .anything. To me it is that good that I would just make it as a “salsa” to put on chicken or pork.
I have to say that I did not take good pictures. I was kinda in a hurry. And if you take pictures of food, you know you can’t do it when you are rushed. So . . . .sorry the pictures are not very appetizing, but if you like eggplant and if you like bruschetta you will love this!
Do you like bruschetta? Do you like eggplant? What other type of bruschetta do you make?
Posted in Food | Tagged: aubergine, bruschetta, Dinner of Herbs, eggplant, grocery store, Nia, Nia at the YMCA, Nia class, pasta topping, Tomatoes, YMCA | 8 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2011
Yay! There is a grocery store in Willow Glen in the neighborhood where I have my San Jose Nia Classes. This means I can pick up some things on the way home. I can anyway because my regular grocery store is not that far past my house, but sometimes I take the exit for my house before I remember I wanted to go to the store because I start thinking of all that I have to do. Once I am off the freeway and I actually have to pass my house to get to the store, I can easily talk myself into NOT going to the store. Ya know? So this store is pretty much right on my way home.
It is a tiny little market. The isles are so small two carts can barely fit down the same row. Just like the bigger stores they have so many extra bins and displays in the aisles (on the ends) there is no way to have two carts going down that way either. So it is kind of a place where you can actually run into your neighbors. :-) I was excited when I saw that there was no added trans fat and high fructose corn syrup. I had walked by the sign quickly so I had thought that all products in the store were like this. But as soon as I saw some products I am familiar with having those ingredients I realized that the sign said that Fresh and Easy products don’t have those ingredients. But they DO have Canola Oil so depending on what you believe in regards to that oil you will have to take that information with a grain of salt.
I did have a yummy sample of vanilla yogurt and granola. I was going to buy some of the granola because it tasted really good in the yogurt. Even though it didn’t have HFCS in it, or any partially hydrogenated oil, it did have canola oil in it so I didn’t buy it. Canola oil is not easy to avoid so when I don’t need the product I am not going to buy it. I am not going to buy a product new to me that has Canola oil in it.
They do have their own brand of Teryaki without HFCS. YAY! I have had teryaki in months because I’ve only seen kind with HFCS in it. It doesn’t taste very “teryaki-y”. Its first ingredient is soy sauce and that is pretty much what it tastes like. But it is not bad.
I think they have a lot of interesting looking prepared food. I didn’t look at all of them to see the ingredients, but I will check it out as I have the need. They did have water crackers about $3.00 cheaper than my regular store. I was excited to try them. The box I open is very crumbly. They are dry. They are not as good as the water Crackers at Trader Joe’s that are the same price.
One thing that will keep me from filling up my cart and doing ALL my shopping at this new little neighborhood market is self-check out. I don’t want to spend my time shopping and checking out the ingredients, looking, deciding, menu planning and thinking—-just to have to spend even MORE time checking myself out. I only had a few items and it took me what seemed like forever to just find the bar codes on the items. I understand that this is one way that a store can keep the prices down, but I did notice and I heard other people say that many items in the store were MORE expensive than other stores we frequent. I don’t have to check my own groceries at the other stores.
And I don’t need to mention how great the checkers at Trader Joe’s do I? I love the checkers at Traders Joe’s.
Anyway . . . I am excited to have a little market to stop in on my way home to pick up a few things. As I said, I won’t be doing the bulk of my shopping here but it really is a great thing that this area of Willow Glen has a grocery store.
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