Monday, January 9, 2012



Caramelized, Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil

From time to time, I search food blogs to find enticing, unusual recipes. I hit the jackpot when I found this one. It comes from Gourmand in the Kitchen blog, which you can get to by clicking here I decided to make the recipe exactly according to the one on the blog and had wonderful results. Of course, I had to add my own touch to the finished canning jars by using one of my faces for the label. Too bad my penmanship is so bad but at least it looks hand made. Another good thing about this recipe is that it is perfect for a winter diet, which a lot of us are on in January and February at least. Some may want to spoon it over a baked potato or pasta, but I found it to be delicious over lettuce in a salad, or just out of the jar.

I want to make it clear that even though I sterilized the jars in boiling water, I did not officially can the vegetables. If you decide to use canning jars, be sure to tell the recipients that they should be kept refrigerated and eaten within a week.

I Love the Way the Jars Look All Lined Up

The Flavor Improves After 48 Hours but I Didn't Wait That Long to Try!

I Found An Old Picnic Basket at the Flea Market and Painted Girl and Saying with Acrylic Paint

All Ready to go to The Le Petit Supper Club

If you are wondering where these jars are going, well, to my special friends at the Le Petit Supper Club as a New Year's gift. We consider our Supper Club to be one of the best kept secrets in Roanoke. Our theme for January was soups and sandwiches. I was worried about staying on my diet but was thrilled to find one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten and it is actually good for you! It was created by James Priestley, who has recently moved to Roanoke from Portland, Maine. The sandwich includes a strange combination of ingredients that I did not think would work but I was wrong.

James' Healthy Tempeh Stackups

Close-up of Interior of Sandwich

So here is the recipe (James says it is not a recipe but a concoction) for the marinated vegetables and the ingredients for the sandwich. He also didn’t give them a name but I did..”Healthy Tempeh Stackups”

Healthy Tempeh Stackups

Toasted sprouted grain bread, swiss cheese, grainy hot mustard, prepared horseradish, 3 grain tempeh sauteed in sesame oil with coarse red pepper and a sprinkle of soy sauce, sauerkraut, sweet red pepper, sliced red onion,baby bella mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, butter, and paprika, spinach just lightly collapsed in hot olive oil (sauteed) and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, the top slice of toasted bread brushed with extra virgin olive oil, 3 sprout mix or alfalfa sprouts and love!

One more minor but important note regarding the tempeh: place it upon a cutting board and slice it laterally before sauteeing it in the skillet. The freshly cut surface will absorb whatever flavors you care to add much more readily than the outside surface, and it cooks in half the time.

Roasted Vegetables All Ready for the Oven

RECIPE: Marinated Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Garlic and Thyme

• 4 medium zucchini, thinly sliced into rounds
• 3 small eggplants, thinly sliced into rounds
• 6 or 7 medium sized tomatoes, quartered or sliced into rounds depending on size (or alternatively 1 basket cherry or grape-sized tomatoes, halved)
• 4 large fresh thyme sprigs
• 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup / 240ml (or more) extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C).
2. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet. Scatter the leaves from 2 thyme sprigs and garlic cloves over. Drizzle with some of the olive oil, then sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3. Roast for about 45 minutes or until tender, turning the vegetables over occasionally; until they shrink slightly but are still plump and moist.
4. Layer the hot vegetables, peeled roasted garlic cloves and remaining fresh sprigs of thyme, into into sterilized jars, filling them to the very top. (You can use one large jar or a few smaller ones.)
5. Cover the vegetables completely with the rest of the extra virgin olive oil and put the lids on tightly.
6. Put the jars aside until they’re cool.
7. Refrigerate at least 48 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Bring to room temperature before using.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s

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  1. I like your is unique!! Love the way you did the lids..a great personal touch. Thank you for the recipes and the new blog site. I will have to go explore more later today.


  2. Brilliant vegetable recipes, thank you for sharing.
    Love your jar tops and that fab basket.....Is there no end to your talents dear lady......xx

  3. such a delicous post!, I have the very same picnic basket and I painted the lid also!!!
    You are a very talented woman, I have never eaten tempeh, sounds delicous though!

  4. That looks delicious- one of my favorite restaurants here used to do a sandwich with roasted veggies that was incredible. They've since closed, but I wonder if I could use your recipe to copy theirs? I'll have to try it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. It feels so good to be able to visit and catch up on your previous posts. I appreciate that you have visited me, even though I have not been able to reciprocate. Of course I was simply mesmerized by the rusty car and truck you showed. You know how I have a thing for rust!

    As for the roasted veggies, I am in LOVE. It isn't often I can use a recipe that comes straight from a blog. I have been eating vegetarian for several years, but am now considering going vegan, since it is apparently even healthier. Of course, I can't seem to give up that cream in my coffee (grin).

    I hope your new year was happy and bright. I look forward to many days at Healing Woman this year!

  6. Oh my Cheryl, scrumptious!!! Awesome, just awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipes and Happy New Year.

  7. This sounds so good! Love the way you did your lids, so pretty. Your handwriting is not as bad as mine. LOL the basket is even more special. I have an old cheese box that I painted the lid years ago. It needs an update, so maybe I'll paint one of my faces.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Hi Cheryl, thanks for the hints on the wood and also for letting me know about the book, The Lacuna which I have now d/l on my Kindle. I will start reading tonight. Thanks a lot.

  9. I'm going to have to try these recipes. I love how you used one of your faces on the label! What a great idea!

  10. Oooh, thanks so much for the recipe! Do you plan on selling any on the market???

  11. I, too, am in love with those roasted veggies! Yummy! Everything looks so beautiful here; I love how you did the lids with your beautiful art on top and also the picnic basket - awesome!

  12. That´s great! The glasses look phantastic.

  13. food glorious food!! Definitely heading for the kitchen...


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