Grilled eggplant and lentil salad

I’m going through a bit of a phase.

An eggplant phase.

Yes not the normal sort of phase you might find yourself going through, but its a recent craving that I’ve been more than happy to satisfy.

I suspect it has something do with eggplant’s heartiness. It feels like it adds a bit of bulk to dishes – particularly when you are using it in place of meat, for example.

Take this salad, for instance. So simple to prepare, but quite easily a stand-alone meal (although it would almost certainly work as a tasty side dish too).

I thinly sliced the eggplant, and grilled the slices for 5 minutes or so until soft and golden. Then it was simply a matter of combining the eggplant slices with baby spinach, lentils, capsicum, cucumber and feta – and finishing the dish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

I’d give you a recipe – but there really is no more to it. Just lots of simple, fresh flavours – that come together to make a tasty meal.  Not to mention colourful!

Lemon, pea and ricotta pasta

IMG_0377 Some meals, are sufficiently perfect in their simplicity. Nothing fancy, just good ingredients that work together just beautifully. Like this lemon, pea and ricotta pasta. IMG_0372 No complex sauce, no slow cooking required. IMG_0374 Just a pile of al dente spaghetti, tossed with peas, mint, lemon and a good amount of ricotta. IMG_0375 A beautiful Spring dish indeed. What about you? Tried any tasty pasta combinations lately?

Simple.

This week has been all about simple meals. Simple to shop for. Simple to prepare. For we are a little short on time, and with guests arriving on Friday for a big weekend of parties and fun, our ‘to do’ list is growing rapidly. One such simple meal was this tasty salad. IMG_8261 I roasted a quarter pumpkin, then threw in some mushrooms and smoked chicken for the last 10 minutes. IMG_8262 Piled high on a bed of spinach and cucumber, then topped with avocado slices and a dressing made with olive oil, white wine vinegar, seeded and dijon mustards. IMG_8263 Simple to prepare, yet packed with flavour. IMG_8265 Served with a glass of vino, and our tummies were well and truly happy. IMG_8260 But now, onto that ‘to do’ list….

Simple salad

After a rather indulgent few days, and an abundance of fresh produce in our fridge, I went back to basics for this dinner. Just salad + protein. Starting with mixed greens, carrots and corn… IMG_9278 Topped with grilled chicken (seasoned with lemon pepper) and sautéed mushrooms. IMG_9282 So so simple… IMG_9280 Yet rather tasty indeed. IMG_9283 The fresh crunchy salad was just what I was craving. Even if it is below 0C outside…. What about you? What is your favourite salad ingredient?

Pork and broccoli stir fry

Thankyou for all your well wishes about my recent trip to hospital. I feel like I am well and truly on the mend now, and I cannot express just how happy I am to be home. For there is nothing better than sleeping in one’s bed is there?? Oh and cooking in one’s kitchen. IMG_5145 While there has not been a lot of baking going on recently, I have managed to cook a homemade dinner almost every night. This is almost certainly due to my Mum being in town, ready to give lots of cuddles to Charlotte if she stirs while dinner is being prepared, and Mr BBB is not yet home from work. In saying that, I have kept our dinners pretty simple. Easy to prepare, and quick to cook. The meal mantra of any new Mum I suspect. One such meal was this pork and broccoli stir fry. IMG_5134 Just a bunch of lovely fresh ingredients.. IMG_5137 Stir-fried with pork mince, spinach… IMG_5138 IMG_5139 And a handful of rice noodles. IMG_5140 And our easy dinner was done. IMG_5142 I always forget how wonderful mince works in stir-fries – it soaks up all the flavours of the sauce really well. IMG_5146 Then combined with my other love – rice noodles – I had one happy belly following this meal. IMG_5149 Delish! IMG_5144 Most ‘post natal’ meals to follow soon! What about you? Do you use mince in stir fries?

Sundried tomato hummus

IMG_5065 Yep. Still here, still blogging, and still eating for two Winking smile  Baby BBB continues to thrive in utero, extremely well, and at our appointment today there was no indication that she is coming early. Rather, the race is now on as I found out my doctor is away as of next Tuesday, so fingers crossed she at least makes her appearance before then. I continue see a lot of walking and spicy food in my future. Last weekend we had what we thought might be our last dinner with friends as a couple (although it could very possibly be that we now have this weekend as well!) A simple BBQ was on the menu, and with the main course being taken care of by our friends, I decided to make a dip to share beforehand. A sundried tomato hummus. IMG_5059 And it really could not have been simpler. Just chickpeas, garlic, paprika, tahini, lemon juice, oil, water and of course, the sundried tomatoes. IMG_5060 Processed until smooth and creamy. IMG_5061 Sprinkled with a little paprika… IMG_5064 And an extra splash of olive oil… IMG_5067 Loaded with rice crackers… IMG_5073 And the sundried tomato dip was done. IMG_5074 Doesn’t get much quicker or simpler than that Smile  IMG_5084 But now, time for a walk and some curry Winking smile Sundried tomato hummus

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 tbs tahini
  • 100g sundried tomatoes
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil + extra
  • 1-2 tbs water
  • 1 tsp paprika + extra
  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add more oil / water if needed in order to reach desired consistency.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl, and sprinkle with extra paprika and olive oil.

What about you? Are you a fan of flavoured hummus?