Monday, April 20, 2009
1/4 cup olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 med. eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 can diced tomatoes with juices, (14 1/2 oz.)
3 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon drained capers
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the celery and eggplant and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 min. Add the red bell pepper and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 mins. Add the tomatoes, raisins, and oregano to the pan. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 20 mins. Stir in the vinegar, sugar, capers, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Season, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if needed.
I know not the most attractive photo, but very good when made into a sandwich. I used focaccia, split, with provolone cheese. I grilled on my stovetop grill with an iron skillet pressed on top. Mmm, the perfect lunch.
I 'm tempted to buy that Cuisinart Griddler Express that was on Martha's show, but I realize that it's not a priority at this point in time. It would be a nice Mother's Day gift, though.
Enjoy the recipe!
Looks like we're going to have another scorcher today, maybe I can dangle my feet in the water for a bit.
Hope your day is a little cooler than ours.~Billie
Sunday, April 19, 2009
(image from Sur la table)
Also an "A" (for Angela) cookie cutter and I just had to have this shopping bag. The sales associate was describing to me how convenient and well constructed it is, didn't take much sales talk for me to snatch it out of her hands!
We also went to Borders bookstore and I was so excited that they had the latest issue of Marie Claire Idees. Well, the latest for me, I haven't bought an issue for quite some time, it's very hard to find. Anyway, I can't stop looking at this issue, some great inspirations for spring.
I love this ruffled-tiered apron -- just beautiful. I can't believe it's an apron. (pardon the poor quaility of photos, I used my cell phone.)
Hope you enjoyed the photos. I have more, but I'll save for another post.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Anyway I made these delicious muffins about a week or so ago and I wanted to post the recipe. For some reason I think it was because I mixed it in the food processor that they tasted so good. The food processor is something new for me, I mean I've had it for a few years, but I really don't use it that much. I know I can chop up veggies and hard cheeses, but that's about it. I did make pizza dough one time, it worked out well. So here's the recipe for banana nut muffins that I worked out for the food processor.
Banana Nut Muffins
3 large bananas
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Mash bananas in food processor; add the slightly beaten egg and sugar.
Add melted butter.
Add in the dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips and/or nuts.
Spoon the mixture into paper muffin cups in a medium-sized muffin pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Just a quick post about my cupcake quilt, because I want to get off my laptop and sew before I go to work.
I should have progressed a little further than I have but I can not lie, I'm just a procrastinator sometimes.