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  • Eggplant can be very bitter and nasty. I cut it up, peel it, and sprinkle it generously with salt. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes - you will see it starts to sweat. Then give it a quick rinse and drain - you don't want all that salt in your final product. This removes the bitter flavor. Toss it with olive oil, spread it on a baking sheet, roast it for maybe 30 minutes at 400 degrees. You can eat it just as it comes out of the oven, or you can mash it up and make it into something else, like baba ganoush, or fritters, as I did this morning - mix with egg, a bit of coconut flour, and any seasonings you like, fry. This morning I put in some curry seasoning. I would think they would dehydrate nicely, but I have no experience with that process. I would slice it, maybe leave the peel on, salt it as I described but instead of roasting put into the dehydrator. Actually I have been meaning to try to do this in my oven - I understand it takes quite a while.

    Reading this over, it looks like a lot of work, but it isn't. It is pretty easy to do it while you are doing other things, or when you have the oven on for something else.

    Pretty much any vegetable often gets this treatment in my house - clean it up, toss it with olive oil and salt, place on a baking sheet and roast at 400 for 20-40 minutes depending on the veg. Things like brussels sprouts and beets normally get a 10-20 minute boil first unless they are very small. And I like to do big batches - like when I come home from the grocery or the farmers market with a load of things. This ensures that everything will be eaten and not languish on the countertop until it goes bad. Although everything tastes best right from the oven, it also keeps very well, can be added to other stuff, heats up nicely. Obviously very portable.

    This morning I had bacon and the afore-mentioned eggplant fritters. For some reason Paleotrack is telling me they contain legume and grain! They definitely contain neither. Maybe it reads the word 'flour' even in a custom food and thinks it is grain.

    If you have a lot of tomatoes that need to be used and you don't feel like making sauce or canning, just roast them. They will keep for at least two weeks and are great for salads.
    Last edited by Siobhan; 09-10-2012, 06:32 AM.
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    • Ran into a surgeon I know from work at the grocery store. I always thought he looked quite geeky in his do-rag and scrubs, but he looks pretty hot in $200 jeans and a tight t-shirt with a little stubble and messy hair. Wonder what the x-ray guy looks like in jeans and...no, don't go there!
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      • You know he looks great, especially if it is JUST jeans.

        When I met my Honey he was just out of the Marine Corps, still doing pushups and situps every day, with a perfect V-shaped torso, and deliciously firm shoulders. Golden tan from a vacation. Shirtless, in jeans, he could make you swoon. That's the image of him I keep in my head. Nice brain candy.

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        • That's the problem I KNOW he does. Did I mention he has slim, athletic build? And he mentioned running track in high school (which wasn't that long ago...geez). Working tonight...I hate this...must eat CW in order to not feel so damn young and frisky...
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          • Love reading about your roasted vegetables. Think I'll roast a bunch today. Sounds so yummy!

            Imagine if rotten vegetables aren't good for us, rotten flowers and their water aren't either.

            Hey, are your trees starting to change yet. I used to live in Vermont and New Hampshire. Trees are changing here. Waiting for the first real frost. Hmm! Might be a bit, I suppose.

            Great to see you looking a everything with new thinner eyes:-)

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            • Not yet, although they will be soon. Some of the bushes are starting to change, very pretty. This is my favorite time of year, now til Christmas. Being a very weird person, I love the shorter days, the cooler temperatures, the kids back in school. Less crowds everywhere. And I love Christmas. Is supposed to be in the 40's tonight!
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              • Thanks for the ideas and how to on the eggplant. I am going to try roasting some first and then will try dehydrating some. I also like the sound of fritters!! Will have to try that too. And we are having temps in the late 30's and 40's now at night - I am LOVING it. I too love the shorter days and we always wait until everyone has gone back to school before going camping and fishing etc. We get all our favorite haunts to ourselves then Christmas is a lovely time and it is such fun preparing for the kids surprises too. Both our kids were born in December so it is a big month for us ... Not sure how much fall colour we will have this year as it has been so very dry. Some of the trees have lost their leaves just from the drought ... guess we'll see. Hope you have stunning colours there - you'll have to share a picture or two once they really get going!
                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • Yum, eggplant.

                  Is the afore-mentioned surgeon unmarried?

                  I get what you're saying about baggy. It feels good to feel skinny in baggy clothes.
                  5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                  Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                  Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                  More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                  - Lewis Mumford

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                  • Yeah, it's a very different feeling - "My butt is so big I have to buy a giant size so it won't bind and cup and look gross." Contrast with "These pants that are a size too large artfully drape across my size 8 a@@."

                    All the eggplant is gone, also the brussels sprouts. Very big veg day. Low on protein, though. Might buy some more eggplant, I am in an eggplant mood. Feel like mixing in some garlic and scooping it up with really crisp bacon.

                    Surgeon is married AND much too young.
                    Last edited by Siobhan; 09-10-2012, 04:14 PM.
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                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • I have sinned mightily. Confession is good for the soul. The food co-op had a piece of gluten-free chocolate cake that seemed to actually be looking at me...it wanted to be eaten. Tummy is a bit upset but not bad. I haven't eaten anything like that for ages and ages. Lots of sugar, for one thing. Won't make a habit of it, but damn, it was good!
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                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • Yum: chocolate cake and good looking men.
                        You're having quite the good life these last days of summer.

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                        • Also made a decision today. Given this unrelenting allergy thing I have going on that does not respond to any medication I have taken so far (Allegra, Claritin, Benadryl) I purchased some raw goat milk and raw milk kefir. Last year I was consuming these products on a daily basis and didn't have any allergies at all. Will be an interesting experiment. I think it goes without saying that these goats and cows are pastured quite close to me - within 25 miles.
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                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • Interesting thought about the raw goat milk and kefir. You'll have to let us know if it helps. I seem to be having allergy symptoms this week, for the first time since going primal 2 1/2 years ago. Wish I could find raw milk, but unfortunately, the law has all the farmers intimidated and it is pretty much impossible to find.
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                            • Tee hee, love the baggy clothes bit Siobhan... I too will be interested in how you respond to the raw goat milk and kefir. Sorry you are dealing with allergies! A very irritating ailment indeed. We drink raw cow's milk from close by (about 5 miles away) and I have not had much allergy stuff for a while now. Hadn't thought much about that. Here's hoping you benefit from the inclusion of real dairy. Greensprout, so sorry you are also being impacted by the STUPID laws about raw milk! So frustrating...
                              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                              Primal low: 186 lbs
                              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                              Goal weight: 140 lbs

                              "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                              • The laws are ridiculous, I agree, and changing them is an uphill battle. When I lived in Massachusetts, I wanted to stand in the street and yell, "PEOPLE! It is not 100 years ago! It is today! We don't need to be afraid of raw milk!" Funny how millions of pounds of conventionally produced food makes people sick and gets recalled and no one flinches, but mention raw milk and you'd think you were talking about injecting children with the plague.

                                I drank a cup last night, will continue to do so. The problem is, of course, that this sort of thing doesn't work like a pill one buys at the pharmacy (not that those are working) and I wish I had been eating raw dairy all summer. Alas, I have not, it might be too late for this allergy season.
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                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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