food

Conversation snippet: Butterscotch bars

“I had no bread, and I was too lazy to make oat bran or fry eggs, so I made butterscotch bars instead.”

“Butterscotch what?”

“Butterscotch bars. You melt brown sugar and butter together, then add eggs and flour and chuck it in the oven. It comes out like hard candy. So basically I had a whole bunch of brown sugar for breakfast.”

“. . . It seems that would actually take more time and work to make than to fry an egg.”

“Yes, but the end result is so much better!”

Roasted eggplant, potatoes, carrots

Thought I’d share a super-easy recipe that I can’t get enough of. Seriously, when I say super-easy, I mean no measurements, no pre-cooking, just chuck everything into a pan and leave it. And it is delicious — I’ve been eating this all week, and it takes a remarkable effort of will to not finish it all in one go. You kinda have to remind yourself to leave leftovers (and then not always listen).

Here’s what you need:

  • 1-2 potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 Chinese eggplant (i.e. the long variety, not the bulbous kind)

Slice them up and put in a well-oiled roasting pan. Add salt, pepper, and any dry spices you like (I use thyme and oregano). Stir it up so that everything’s well-coated, including in the oil (important for the eggplant).

Here’s what it looks like pre-roasting:

Roasted eggplant, potatoes, carrots

Chuck it all into the oven and leave it. That’s it. You’ll hear it sizzling and smelling good in the background.

How hot and how long? Depends on your oven and your roasting preferences, I suppose. I typically set it to 450 F and go off to draw until an internal clock (and aroma) tell me when to take it out. Roughly half an hour, maybe?

Here is a portion of the finished product with a bit of sage on top:

Roasted eggplant, potatoes, carrots

You really can’t go wrong with roasted potatoes, and carrots are healthy for you, but the soft creaminess of the eggplant brings a whole ‘nother level. I often find myself consuming the entire pan, it’s so good!

Calamondin tree

I’ve always wanted an indoor citrus tree. This past weekend, I got one. Sweeeeeet.

My calamondin tree

It’s a calamondin tree! Kim, Corene, and Ari named it Colin. At regular intervals, we’d say, “I/you got a tree!” I still have that chanting in my head now, except to the tune of I’m On A Boat.

My calamondin tree

After I dropped the ladies off, it rustled in conversation from the backseat.

My calamondin tree

Hello, tree! It’s already budding, and originally had three fruits already ready. I’ll let you guess what happened to the third one.

My calamondin tree

I won’t let you guess for long. Kim texted me asking if I’d tried the fruit yet, so I did. I like!

I have a tree!

New Year's Eve 09

Many thanks to Ari and Corene for hosting a fantastic New Year’s Eve high tea. Grand mistresses, I salute thee.

New Year's Eve high tea

New Year's Eve high tea

New Year's Eve high tea

New Year's Eve high tea

New Year's Eve high tea

New Year's Eve high tea
Our lovely hostesses.

New Year's Eve high tea
Bunnies.
That is all.

New Year's Eve high tea
Ari, Kim, Corene, & Chantelle. After three times taking their pics and a certain someone blinking in each and every one (you know who you are), they decided to all close their eyes in solidarity.

Aaaaaand then we have to have a dog in a scarf.

Pekoe scarf

I mean, it’s a given.

Pekoe scarf

Afternoon tea

Yummyness was (as always) had at Shaktea!

Afternoon tea at Shaktea

Afternoon tea at Shaktea

Afternoon tea at Shaktea

It was a joint bday celebration for Corene and I, and my friends got me a hearty helping of a Deserres gift card! Whee! Thank you, guys!!

And I simply have to point out the following wonderful bday prezzie from Kim, made of the awesome:

Original Sin

Ooooh yeah. 😀