Anyway, I digress. So it must be the eggplant season or something because the other night there were tons of eggplants everywhere. All three of the normal locations I hit up had a glut of eggplants. Bread is also a pretty common find and it's not just normal white bread. TJ throws out their crazy fancy Ezekiel bread like it's hotcakes. Does that analogy make any sense? Bread freezes well and you can just toast a piece as needed. You can also use all the bread to make bread crumbs. We also find a lot of bagels and despite my Judaic leaning, I'm not too fond of bagels so I usually don't take them. However, I do really enjoy bagel chips and after the success of the home made tortilla chips, I decided to take a few to take a stab at bagel chips.
|Shit is fucked up and bullshit|
|Add blood for extra iron|
|Yeah i burned the first batch cause i wasn't watching. BIG DEAL|
So the reason we made bagel chips was because we decided to make baba ganoush. Apparently eggplants explode if you don't poke holes in them so don't neglect that part. Once it comes out of the oven it gets a little drippy and saggy.
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I didn't even bother taking the skin off like the recipe said. I just threw it in the blender with the other ingredients and let the blender do the work. I did chop that green top part off though.
The final part of the lunch was a leek and eggplant soup. I really just used that recipe as a starting point. I didn't have any red pepper so those were out, but I did have a lot of leek type items so I added those. On top of having leeks, I also had a lot of scallions and chives. So instead of the red peppers i used that stuff. Also I didn't have any stock, but I did have a lot of miso paste so I used that instead
|I did take the eggplant skins off this time|
|You can make a big mess here|
A blender is actually a great appliance to get if you're cooking and diving a lot. I use mind to make smoothies all the time. The trick with blending is to not fill the fucking blender too much. I've learned this the hard way. Also make sure the bottom is screwed the fuck on for fucks sake.
Now the final step was to reheat some sandwiches I had gotten from Think Coffee a while ago. These premade sandwiches are great. They freeze well and taste great when reheated in the oven. I usually reheat them at 400+ so they heat and defrost quickly and the outside gets nice and crunchy.
|Apples, Brie, and figgy jam|
And viola, you have a complete lunch made for a rainy day