Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I was on the phone with Michelle yesterday and she told me not to worry about dinner. She was cooking! Oh dear. That's never a good thing. Now, before you all boo and hiss at me for being so mean... just understand that Michelle herself would fess up and tell you she's no Julia Child. The kitchen is a foreign land to her. Well, i crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. When i got home she was standing there at the cutting board.. over looking the beautiful bounty she had purchased at the produce store. 3 baby eggplants, 2 blood oranges, about 8 or 9 tiny blue potatoes and a yellow beat. She beamed with excitement! Isnt it gorgeous!? Look at all the colors! A talented artist's view of vegetables to be sure. "What are we going to make with this?" I asked. "We dont like eggplant." "Oh dont worry! I have a plan..."

a few hours and a sink full of dirty pots later... after all attempts at any sort of meal collapsed... i opened a can of chili.

so, here's the challenge. You have your ingredients! 3 baby eggplants, 2 blood oranges, 8 or 9 tiny blue potatoes and a yellow beat. See if you can come up with a menu using these items. I'll give you ten virtual dollars if you can come up with something!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slice the eggplants into rounds, with the skin on, then place them on paper towels and sprinkle them with salt. Let them sit while you go on to the next task.

Preheat the oven (that space under the burners) to 425 degrees.
Cut the leaves and stalks off of the beets, rinse them, place them in a shallow roasting pan - don't slice or cut them. Pour a little olive oil and salt on them, then cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place them in the oven for about 20 - 30 minutes, uncovering them for the last few minutes. The idea is to roast them in their skins.

Rinse and pat dry the eggplants. Beat one egg in a bowl. Dip the eggplant slices in egg them dredge in flour that you have seasoned with salt & pepper. Lightly fry them in a skillet with olive oil, you can add a crushed clove of garlic to the oil to give it fragrance. Fry the slices until they're a desired brownness - keep warm.

Peel the skins off of the beets with your fingers - remember, they'll be still hot - so be careful. Set them aside.

Since I KNOW there can't possibly be a zester in that kitchen, finely chop about two teaspoons of orange rind - Slice the oranges into rounds and place on a platter.
Mix orange rinds, balsamic vinegar and oil with the finely chopped zest. Add salt - if you think that it needs it.

Arrange yellow beets on top of the red oranges and pour the dressing over the two items. If you have some greens, such as arugula, put them on the platter too, then pour the dressing on top of everything on the platter.
On a separate plate serve the eggplant with your favorite Popeye's chicken, or the ham that you brought back from Florida.

Break open a box of your favorite vino, and buen provecho.


10:09 AM  
Blogger pork luck said...

wow. you win.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooops, sorry! Peel the potatoes, and roast them in the same pan with the beets, but don't put them on the platter - serve them on the same plates along with the eggplants.

Put on your favorite banjo music, and chow down!


10:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle White Illustration said...

wait.. that's ALMOST exactly what we did with the eggplants!!!! but they were so gooey and greasy...
and well the beets.. i simply sliced and tried to get sara to eat raw.. which actually is doable.. not the sara part.. but eating them... and well the blue potatoes got a boiling.. but sara drowned them in too much milk... next time.. you'll need to come assist ramon!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, rubbish. Ramón is not getting that crown without a fight.

Ferment the eight or nine blue potatoes into a lovely teal-colored vodka. Squeeze the blood oranges, strain the pits and pulp.

Serve as lavendar screwdrivers, and drink eough until sliced eggplant and beets actually sound palatable.

Beet and eggplant slices not actually consumed may be hucked at passing motor vehicles.

-- Lamont "Fungible Gourmet" Cranston

1:19 PM  
Blogger Michelle White Illustration said...


1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that there was a heap of eggplant squeezins' at the Strong White House last night.
Hey!!....Strong White House.......hahahahahahahaha!


2:03 PM  
Blogger Michelle White Illustration said...

actually it's the Wrong house

2:19 PM  
Blogger pork luck said...

oh goodie! A fight over the virtual ten dollars! Any other takers?

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think you're weird, read this!


3:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle White Illustration said...

what?! are you kidding? poor andrew!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, Jamamay has to always have a say. Michelle makes a mean black bean chili with linguica. Very Portuguese. We love it! We love you too!

4:50 PM  

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