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Second Soup: Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Roasted Eggplant And Tomato Soup

And we’re back for another episode of Try That Soup Recipe!

This week’s iteration is Smitten Kitchen’s Roasted Eggplant Soup. I actually managed to produce some eggplant in my own garden (or at least, on my balcony) this year, and I needed to use them up – voila, eggplant soup recipe! I call this Eggplant Tomato because the tomato flavour is pretty strong, but it’s also very garlicky and eggplanty and oniony, all with that richer flavour you get from roasting.

Anyway, onward!

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Zucchini Garlic Soup: First Soup of Many

Zucchini Garlic Soup

Guys, I have a lot of zucchini this year. A lot at lot. An absurd number. Solution: ONE MILLION POTS OF SOUP.

Okay, four. And then I will can them!

I used this recipe. And took pictures, since apparently I can’t help myself.

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Apparently I have become a housewife.

Still unemployed, my days have come down to a short list of activities.

1. Knitting

2. Writing fic or editing my book

3. Cleaning ALL THE THINGS at the slightest provocation (a trait I inherited from my mother – thanks, Mum)

4. Baking.

Yesterday I made a quiche. I’ve made mini-quiches before, but this was my first full-sized one. Full-sized quiche is actually a little trickier, because it’s harder to tell when the filling is fully cooked. Seems the experiment was a success, though. Today there is only one piece left, and I’m going to eat it as soon as I’ve finished this post.

My first (regular-sized) quiche.

Today I was inspired (randomly) to make Oreo cookies. Or rather, Oreo-esque chocolate sandwich cookies. I was a little worried about them, for surely Oreo cookies must be at least a little tricky to make, but I was actually totally wrong. They were super-easy. At least they were with the help of my electric hand mixer. I wouldn’t have wanted to make either the wafers or the filling without one.

AND THEN I MADE OREO COOKIES.

Anyway. I have managed to restrain myself and have only eaten two. There should still be plenty left tonight when Corene and Pekoe arrive. Tomorrow will be spent on the couch, watching all the TV Corene has been missing, sending out more job applications, and knitting some more.

This sounds like fun vacation time, but really? I want to be working already.

Ah, well. Soon. I hope.

First Dinner Party of Summer

The roomie and I were for some reason seized with the urge to make dinner for a couple of our friends. So Corene went shopping for vegetables and I butchered the pineapple and cleaned off the barbecue.

We do actually have a barbecue – our landlords gave it to us when we moved in, as they evidently had a spare. It’s the first time we used it, which would have been obvious to anyone witness to our attempts to light it this evening. (We did eventually get it lit, after about forty-five minutes.)

It’s always more fun to cook from fresh ingredients, and this evening I got the excuse to use some of the herbs I’ve been growing on the balcony, mainly with an eggplant (aubergine). Everybody showed up and helped with the chopping and the mixing.


The veggies (and some hydrangeas – we didn’t eat those)


Naomi, chopping her first onion.


Corene stirring the couscous while yelling at Australia


Lynn putting more deliciousness on the eggplant slices (she was the one who finally got the barbecue lit)


The fish! (I ate waaaay too much fish.)


Corene’s couscous salad and the bottle of wine Lynn brought


The fish! Including garnish. Check us out.


Delicious local corn


Peppers and asparagus


The eggplant, all grilled and pretty


Roast potatoes


The spread


My plate



Pekoe, sad and apparently starving to death. (She lies. She ate before we did.)


Our dessert: grilled pineapple (Oh. My. GOD.)

Verdict: successful. Everything was delicious and Naomi got very silly on her second glass of wine and in addition to the pineapples, there was pecan pie for dessert. I may not move for a week.

Think we’ll try and use the barbecue a little more often now that the weather’s getting nice. Everything tastes better with grillmarks on it.


After-dinner tea. (In the background, a Lynn in her natural habitat.)