Saturday, February 5, 2011


This has been the first really successful eggplant season I have had. In the past eggplants have taken a long time to establish at the beginning of the season and have subsequently produced small, bitter fruit. But not this year- they are waist height and are producing huge, sweet fruit.
I think that 9 is possibly too many plants when they all grow and produce well.

Following is one of my favourite eggplant dishes, it is a great accompaniment to lamb or just served with rice. I also think it would be fab as a tapas style dish with toasted sourdough.

Spicy Eggplant and Tomato

1tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp ginger finely chopped
1 brown onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon tumeric and chilli powder
1 tsp ground coriander
500g tomatoes chopped (or 1 tin)
2 eggplants, cut into chunks
1tsp sugar

Heat oil in heavy pan, add cumin seeds and fry for a moment before adding the onion and cooking until soft. Add the ginger, tumeric, chilli and coriander and fry for a minute or so until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, eggplant and sugar. Mix well and simmer for 20 mins or so until soft. Season to taste and serve. Yum!!

Another favourite eggplant dish is ratatouille, a great recipe can be found at Cevenol Kitchen.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Day of Kindy

Lysbeth was very excited about her first day of kindy. The bus was a bit scary though and she thinks she will wait until she is a bit bigger to go on the bus.
Emmeline really wishes she could go too. Lucky she only has to wait one more year!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Baby Leo

Leo Tom, born 21-12-2010, 8lbs, 13oz.

Hard to believe he is over four weeks old already!

I thought it was about time I had another crack at a blogging comeback- let's see how it goes this time!