Eggplant Casserole


I haven’t made this dish for years, mostly because Jeb thought eggplant looked alien and he wasn’t too keen on anything that looked alien.  When he was growing up, he never had to eat anything alien looking and that was the way he liked it.  I mean, you know, anything so purple just had to be deadly and evil, right?

Lately, he’s taken to liking my cooking and often asks me to even when I don’t feel like it.  Meh.  Guess I aught to have SOME value to him as a wife.  But when I’m bored with what the boys are asking for AND I’m tired from work, I’ll tend to refuse and he’ll order out for pizza or make Hamburger Helper. *SHUDDER*

One time though (my opening and I pounced on it), he asked me why I didn’t want to cook that night and I told him I loved to cook but I was bored with the limitations of dealing with his and his son’s fussy tastes that tended to include very boring food.  Much to my surprise, he said, fine, he’ll let me choose what to make and he’d eat it without complaint and so would his son.

I’ve been testing that out little by little and the results have mostly been very good and both are gaining more latitude about what they’ll eat and like.

Today when I was in the local Asian grocery store (which also carries Mexican food) and suddenly realized that everything I needed to make eggplant casserole was there.  So guess what we had for dinner tonight?  And Jeb liked it.  Heck, even my little grandkiddies (Levi age 6 and Vanessa age 4) liked it… a LOT even… as well as the dragon fruit we had with it, another first.

So here’s what you need to make it:

Beef Tapa, cut up into little pieces

Bell peppers sliced into small pieces

Black Olives (minced)

Creama Mexicana

Mushrooms, sliced

Onions, chopped

Fresh herbs, minced: basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, spearmint, thyme…

Eggplant (I used two, each of them about a foot long), thinly sliced long-wise in the food processor and then cut into 3″ long pieces

1 Egg

Chunky Ragu (garlic, tomato, onion)

Prepare the vegetables, herbs, & tapas and then toss them together in a large bowl.

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stir together in a large measuring cup 16 ozs of Crema Mexicano with 1 egg.

Pour half of the Raggu into a large baking dish.  Pour the veggie meat mixture on top of that.  Stir the cream mixture into this.  Spread the remaining Raggu on top and place the casserole in the oven and bake for an hour and a half.

Yums!

And the fresh eggplant smelled so amazingly fragrant while I was peeling it.  It’s been so long since I peeled one I’d forgotten what they smelled like.  It could be a perfume.

Anyway… my computer hard drive crashed last night so now I’m on my older computer, the laptop when the Geek Squad at Best Buy attempts to fix the new one.  Hopefully, they can recover my files… pictures galore, manuscripts, collages, house plans, music.  OMG there’s a lot of potential loss there!  But at least I have some stuff safe on my blogs.  I suppose I can rebuild if I have to and somehow make it all better than it was.

*KNOCKING ON WOOD*

But it was a lovely day today despite that worry.  I gardened a little, watered everything (I love playing with the hose)(don’t take that the wrong way), cleaned my fish pond, and did a little shopping.  Then Jeb surprised me by bringing over the kids and my parents for birthday cake, a fruit tort.  It’s not my birthday until Wednesday, July 30th, but at least he put a nice “26” on the cake so it’s forgivable.  26 and holding.  Yep.  That’s what I’ll be.  And it was kind of nice to have everyone over.

How is your weekend going so far?

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About Ampbreia

I'm an ex-Pentacostal, ex-Muslim, ecclectic Agnostic with slightly Wiccan leanings. I am not affiliated with any organized religion or political platform, but I do believe in magic and all things wise and wonderful. I work as an admin in a calibration lab. I've published 2 books so far this year: Lost in Foreign Passions: Love and betrayal, passion and loss in the heart of an alien land (a memoir of my time as a Muslimah and living in Iran for a year), written under my previous married name, Debra Kamza, and Dream Lover (a paranormal romance, the tale of witch that summons her favorite character out of a Bewitched spin-off and the actor who plays him as well). I'm constantly writing stories and poems, thoughts and dreams, and quite a few opinions - many of which are not popular but oh well. Bite me. I'm interested in art, animals, the paranormal, and people. I love to dance, all sorts, but have been studying belly dance since 2006 and LOVE it! I love anime too and love dressing up and going to conventions. My writing runs the gummut of historical, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and erotica. Beware: I may not be safe reading for work. Just saying....
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8 Responses to Eggplant Casserole

  1. Ugh on your hard drive crashing! 😦 Yay for old computers to use when needed! And I hope the Geek Squad can recover all your files!

    I LOVE eggplant…the smell, color, and taste!!! 🙂 And your recipe sounds soooooooooooooooo delicious!!! 🙂

    Early Happy Birthday!!! 🙂 Yay, you’re gonna’ be 26 (again)!!! 😉 😛

    I love to play with hoses, too! (You can take that anyway you want! ;-))

    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    • ampbreia says:

      Thank you… and I’m still waiting. They think they can save my files…. not so sure about the computer itself. It makes me a little crazy, so much I can think of working on but nervous of trusting to the old computer and, too, of saving the stuff I’ve retrieved from my xanga as well. I have it in email. Now what to do with it? Yipes.

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  2. Happy birthday! My weekend went! The eggplant casserole sounds delicious.

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  3. Dear Ampbreia,
    Just going through my spreadsheet, spreading comments. (Xanga “ends” tomorrow.) Don’t have a “blog” yet, and can’t access my website till I get a new puter with a more current operating system, but I have created an “interim site” on wix. http://michaelfnyiri.wix.com/allthingsmike
    This sounds great. I may give it a try. (I post “Cooking With Mike” segments on my Facebook.)
    I’m surprised you didn’t have a backup drive. They’re so cheap these days. (I had to completely wipe my hard drive a few months ago, but I’ve got two external hard drives backing up my files.
    Good luck.
    Michael F. Nyiri, poet, philosopher, fool

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    • ampbreia says:

      Apparently, I did have one. Turns out it wasn’t the hard drives that failed. It was the operating system. I’ll have to check out your Cooking with Mike segments on Facebook when I’m at home and can see videos. It is video isn’t it? Didn’t know you did that before.

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  4. rainbow76 says:

    I’ve never tried eggplant and I am a picky eater lol. Hope your computer was sorted. Hope you had a great birthday, too! Happy Belated Birthday! 🙂

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  5. ampbreia says:

    Thank you. You should try it. You might be pleasantly surprised as my fussy Jeb was.

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