I Say Eggplant…You Say Aubergine

Eggplant Parmagiana

It’s difficult to remember who calls ‘what’ what…if that makes sense…

Eggplant = Aubergine

Coriander = Cilantro

Spring Onion = Green Onions = Scallions

Zucchinis = Courgettes

You get my meaning here. I tend to write in Australian English which by definition is British English but some of our food names are the same as American not British and sometimes it’s the other way around.

I also always use Aust/Eng spelling so many red lines appear under so many of my words as I type.

Some things, however are always the same and that is the joy one gets from eating simple dishes that taste amazing in the comfort of ones home…in any language.

Tonight’s simple dish of eggplant parmigiana is such a dish and if you will excuse me, I’m going to leave typing this for a while in order to eat this very dish with my very handsome man…

If you’re interested, that took around 30 mins to serve up, eat and chat…really was wonderful 🙂

Ingredients

  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 700g jar Italian tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 140g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 180g cherry bocconcini cheese, torn in half
  • 1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a 5.5cm-deep, 20cm x 28cm (base) baking dish. Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill pan over high heat.

Spray both sides of eggplant slices generously with oil. Grill eggplant, in batches, for 2 minutes each side or until charred and tender. Remove to a plate. Spray with oil.

Place one-third of the eggplant over base of dish. Top with one-third of the pasta sauce, basil, parmesan and bocconcini. Repeat layers twice with remaining eggplant, sauce, basil, parmesan and bocconcini. Top with breadcrumbs. Spray with oil. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbling around the edges and golden. Stand for 10 minutes. Serve.

Out For Mother’s Day

Cafe Bedda For Mother’s Day

It was Mother’s Day yesterday so Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there!

I was asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day and I decided that I wanted to go out. Now, I never eat out on these days…never on Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day etc as generally you are being served rubbish and pay triple the price. I made an exception this time around as the cafe I wanted to go to is owned by my partner’s cousin and I know the food is good and that we will be looked after.

Cafe Bedda is a great little cafe/restaurant that serves up authentic Sicilian food. It’s small and lively and is situated in the Northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. The winter menu has just been released so it’s a great time to eat some tasty comfort food.

We began with a selection of entrees: scallops with zucchini relish, pork and fennel sausages and eggplant and parmesan parmigiana. We followed this with a wonderful capricciosa pizza, Pasta di Rodia – Small ring shaped pasta tossed with fresh prawns, pancetta, cherry tomatoes & pistachio, Braciole di Maiale – Grilled pork chops, layered with prosciutto, served on a bed of red cabbage & drizzled with a salsa verde dressing, and ended with Canoli alla Siciliana – Pastry cigar filled with sweetened ricotta, chocolate, sultanas & lemon zest and a Nutella filled Calzone with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

I always post what I have been cooking but today I’m posting what we enjoyed for dinner last night. It was a lovely evening spent with my gorgeous daughter and my very handsome man!