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A New Apron and a Recipe (no card)

Hi Everyone, 
 a little while ago my talented blogging friend Kim Heggins from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim made two gorgeous aprons - yes she sewed them HERSELF!!! and raffeled off one - and guess what - I was the lucky winner, hurrah!!!!
A few days later this lovely packet arrived at my doorsteps - she even made an adorable tag! Kim you are so sweet!

And here is her wonderful apron:

I am just pretend cooking on my deck, taking pics with the self timer - my kitchen is kind of dark and pictures taken with flash don't look too good...And what a lovely apron it is - in my favorite colors - I think Kim made that apron with me in mind..... just kidding...

You are the sweetest person in all of blog land!!!!

So to honor this occasion I thought I'll share one of my favorite recipes with you. Its gluten, soy and dairy free (my husband can't eat any of those things) and its not so easy to find tasty recipes without those tasty ingredients.....

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

(got that recipe from a book I borrowed from my local library. Unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author, but there were not many useful recipes in it anyway)

You need about 2 lbs of eggplant, slice them and sprinkle them with kosher salt and let them sit for about 20 minutes to draw out the water.

Meanwhile throw 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 7 cloves of garlic, 1/2 bunches of scallions, 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley, 1/2 t kosher salt and a smidgen (or as much as you like) of Cayenne pepper into a food processor and puree until it resembles pesto

just like that:

By now the eggplants have been sitting around long enough, dry them off with a paper towel and fry them in Canola oil

then spread the "pesto" on them

Turn them over and fry again, to kind of "cook" the pesto through a bit.

Repeat with the other side - you want pesto on both sides. Transfer the cooked eggplant to a platter. Fry all the eggplant slices that way. Add enough Canola oil for frying. In between you may want to scrape out the pan, to not burn pesto that has fallen off. Don't throw it out, just put it on the platter where you keep you fried eggplant. Cut the eggplant into chunks.

Take a large pot, add 1 large can of diced tomatoes, 3/4 cup cider vinegar and 1/2 cup packe dark brown sugar. Stew for 12 minutes, add the eggplants and stir. I also add any left over pesto if I have nay to the pot.. Simmer for 10 more minutes, to cook off some of the liquid. Serve hot or cold.

I served mine with baked sweet potato fries, but rice work well with it, too.

Bon appetit, or Guten Appetit, as we say in Germany!

And you know what happened to my cruddy old apron - 

you guessed just right - it flew into the trash.....

Thanks again Kim to brighten my time in the kitchen!


conil said…
Wow, she cooks as well as creating amazing cards. I bow to the master. Lovely new apron to go with your terrific recipe. Maybe you should have saved the old one with the cute ducks (or are they geese) and made a pillow out of it. Surely, since you can cook, you can sew as well.
Anita in France said…
You look fabulous in your new Kim-made apron, Cornelia ... suits you to a T! Your recipe sounds so tasty ... yum ... thanks for sharing it! Anita :)
Kim Heggins said…
OH MY GOODNESS! You are so quite amazing...I love seeing you model your new apron and I do have to say that it looks simply stunning on you. And your recipe looks yummy too, one I will attempt to make. Thank you so much for all you sweet and kind words, I am so blessed to call you a wonderful friend. Enjoy your apron!
Suchi said…
Both of the aprons look so cool...And Kim really did a fantastic job with it! WOW! :)
Your recipes sound yummm...would love to try ;)
Thanks for sharing Cornelia! :)
Suchi xx
Flo said…
Gratuliere zu diesem einzigartigen gewinn!!! Da KANN in der Küche ja alles nur äußerst schmackhaft werden!!!
Dein Rezept werde ich demnächst nachkochen, Danke für die Idee.
Ganz liebe Grüße
Monika Reeck said…
You look so sweet with that Apron and nice yellow tshirt too
and wooww you made receipt hehe no Card from Cornelia this time...
lovely package from Kim and you are a lucky girl to get this...
lovely post sweety and thanks for visiting me
hugs, Monika
Kristie Goulet said…
You are one lucky duck to win one of Kim's amazing aprons! Looks amazing on you! Great photos. Thanks for sharing your recipe too! xoxo
Susanne Vargas said…
Danke, dass du deine schöne neue Schürze vorgeführt hast! Und das Rezept sieht lecker aus!
Shona Chambers said…
I'm so glad you posted a photo of you in your new apron. When I saw you had won, I mentioned to Kim that I hope you do some photos. It looks like it was made for you and looks gorgeous. Its amazing what a new apron can do for your enthusiasm in the kitchen! Glad to see you retired the old apron. I need to do the same with mine, its so very old and is probably held together with cookie dough and icing. Might have to pay Kim to whip one up for me!
Di said…
Oh what fun to see you posing in your new apron! Does this mean you might be running cookery classes in the Playground tree house during the Winter months? :) Looks a good recipe too!


Di xx
Di said…
Hi Cornelia! Thankfully neither of us needs to be gluten, soy or dairy free - let alone all three. Gosh that must be a tall order for you! Why don't you post a recipe now and then on your blog? I know a few folk who do that, even though they're primarily card makers and it's fun to ring the changes.

I hate to think what would happen if we had cookery classes in the Playground - would need a row of fire extinguishers lined up for a start seeing as we appear to have a few pyromaniacs playing in there :)


Di xx
cm said…
OH MY STARS! Seeing gorgeous you model your lovely new apron has planted a mega watt smile on my face (look north and west, you'll see the glow!). So glad that you received one of Kim's delights; you'll certainly give it plenty of love. Your recipe looks delicious...I'll pass it along to my husband (he's the #1 cook at our place...tee hee).

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