Once Upon a Time…there was a girl who was sad to leave her prince in a faraway land and did a really bad job of updating her blog.
At least it was the height of summer and she was able to console herself (at least for a little while) by making dinner for her family with goodies from the farmer’s market.
I’ve always wanted to try these little Fairy Tale Eggplants! I decided to highlight them as the main ingredient by keeping the preparation simple.
I chopped the tops off the little eggplants and sliced them in half lengthwise. In my wok I heated about a tablespoon of canola oil then sauteed 2 cloves of minced garlic and 1 chopped red jalapeno. Then I threw in the eggplants and tossed them around occasionally until they were nice and tender (maybe 5 minutes). Then I threw in 2 diced tomatoes and a little bit of chopped basil and heated for another minute or so. I served that on top of cooked fettuccine.
My parents seemed to really enjoy the food and the ambiance. I put on my “Ella Fitzgerald” Pandora station, and I had picked up these gorgeous locally grown flowers from the health-food store down the street. They were only $5. Sometimes it’s important to “treat yo self.”
- Fairytale Eggplants: $1 (farmer’s market
- Oil: $0.03
- Garlic: Free (borrowed from Dad)
- Jalapeno: Free (Kate’s garden)
- Tomatoes: Free (Kate’s garden)
- Basil: Free (Kate’s garden)
- Pasta: $1.29
=$0.58/serving!!! God, I love summer.
Now, even if I had bought all of the ingredients, I would estimate that this would still just be about $1/serving. Not bad!