Archive for May 30th, 2010

day 2 – grilled eggplant with parsley garlic sauce

30 May

Oh, is it ever hard work to be photographed! We were exhausted after all that posing. :)

Also, my yoga practice in the afternoon was a complete flop… :( I think I pulled my lower back in the morning restorative class. I know, right? Who pulls a muscle in a restorative class? Overall, I felt pretty down with the practice though, because my knee started acting up too, and I just felt like I’m slowly regressing all the way to the beginning. It really sucks to finish the course with the same injuries that I started with. Boo.

This made me feel a little better – vegetable lentil soup from day 1 with some parsley on top.


And these… yep, both. Who’s gonna stop me?


I had a large eggplant in my fridge that was on its last legs – so it was now or never situation. Now let me just very clear – I have never done anything with an eggplant before. Well, except eating maybe… But the cooking was always strictly done by others.

Grilled Eggplant with Parsley Garlic Sauce

[very slightly adapted from Imagelicious]

I spotted two recipes on Julia’s blog


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 bunch of parsley (Julia used dill, and I think dill may work even better here)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (I used the bottled juice, but don’t be lazy – get real stuff)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I would cut this down a bit next time, and see what happens)
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (optional)



Slice the eggplant into 1cm slices. Salt them liberally – I mean it… salt them a lot!!! Let stand for 30 minutes, until they start sweating. You’ll see little droplets of water appear. Wash the salt off, place on greased baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes (375F) or until ready.

Meanwhile, place parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt/pepper into a food processor. Process until desired consistency (aka until it starts looking and smelling good to you). Mine was all lemony, garlicky with some parsley leafs still intact.

In a separate bowl, mix maple syrup, hot sauce, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce.

Place eggplant into a container in one layer, spoon parsley mixture liberally on top, and top off with maple syrup sauce over the top. Repeat with remaining slices. Refrigerate overnight.

Eat cold. On buckwheat. On rice. On bread. On [insert any food here].

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Late night snack = a bit of pumpkin granola + frozen blueberries + vanilla soy milk.


And we couldn’t just let these marinate. HAD to have a taste. Soooo good. Can’t wait to try’em tomorrow.


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graduation photo shoot

30 May

Sunday morning started early with Scottish oats + frozen blueberries + walnuts + maple syrup. And coffee, of course. :)

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We had restorative yoga component in the morning, which meant a lot of supine poses (lying on your back). I think it was meant to be relaxing, but I found the restorative practice incredibly challenging. Maybe because all the stretches are held longer? I felt every single tight muscle… and while we flow through the tightness in Ashtanga, feeling an incredibly intense stretch for good twenty breaths was just… incredibly uncomfortable. Whew. I was surprisingly tired after all that lying on my back. :)

Lunch was longer, because we had a graduation photo shoot. How cool is that?

Most people scattered around local restaurants, while a couple of us stayed back to eat a homemade lunch. I’ve already brought my lunch home once yesterday after going out to Moxie’s, so it was today or never.

Tiffany shared some of her FANTASTIC food.


Check out this salad and salivate! Mango + avocado + red onion + cilantro.


Rice paper wraps were divine. With almond butter / orange juice dip. I mean, seriously!!!

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Julia brought fresh pineapple. I got so excited about all this food, I forgot to photograph my own sandwich. Whole wheat bread + edamame dip + tomatoes + spinach.

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Dessert – lemon Luna Bar. I’d say out of the bars I have tried so far – these ones I am least excited about. Also, a very long list of ingredients (compared to Larabar, let’s say) – lots of processed soy…

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The photo shoot took place at Caesar Spa – gorgeous venue. Note the pictures here are the result of me running around like mad with my teeny point and shoot, while Debbie was taking actual photos. :) Here’s a little sampling… I picked the ones that were most family-friendly, and tried to adhere to PG-13 guideline.

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… and my camera battery died. :)