A few weeks ago, I went to the cottage; my mum brought us fresh corn on the cob and a giant bag of green beans. She thought there were more people coming so we ended up having a lot of leftovers. Thus, the most gigantic pot pie I have created was born.
Even though the Autumn Equinox is on September 22nd the summer is fading. The evenings are crisp and I’ve taken to wearing long socks around the house. This cool season of stretched light and encroaching winter is my favourite time of year.
This roasted tomato and eggplant spaghetti is the perfect meal for a cool or rainy summer night when you’re not trying to beat the heat with a cold supper. Toronto’s disgusting heat kicked in for a few days two weeks ago and I was glad to have some rain. It’s good for the garden and cools down my sweltering house. I served this for dinner on a drizzly evening while a friend was visiting from out of town. It can be a simple one-pot meal that you cook ahead and eat throughout the week or you can dress it up with some garlic bread and salad — which is what I did.
I adapted the recipe from The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright. The original recipe is entitled “Eggplant Bolognese Pasta”. In my recipe, I added some red wine and opted for roasted tomatoes rather than canned. I love taking advantage of the beautiful, cheap vegetables at the markets near my home in Toronto. Both tomatoes and eggplants are in season from approximately July-October. Rather than doing dried chili to spice things up I used chili oil because I had some on hand. It makes the dish that much more decadent. Finally, I added a pinch of rosemary out of habit.
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Welcome to March. That point in the winter when you wonder why you have chosen to relocate to a frozen tundra when you lived in Sydney, Australia not six months ago. While it is true that I miss the fine weather and the white-sand beaches I could never sacrifice the community I current have here in Toronto for a sun-tan.
The first thing I did upon Will’s return was hop in an uber with him and take him straight to Kettleman’s Bagels in the Glebe, Ottawa. I had a sesame bagel with vegan cream cheese. He had the vegetarian. I used to get it all the time in high school. That spicy eggplant rocks my world.
Last month, I sampled the vegan burger at Holy Chuck. It’s a fast-food burger joint that reminds me of America. The food is intentionally greasy. The fries are served in massive piles. The only vegetables in sight are the single piece of lettuce and that a couple slices of tomato used as garnish on your burger.
A week ago I posted a photo of this spaghetti with cauliflower Alfredo and grilled radicchio on Instagram. It was an impromptu meal that I threw together with leftover ingredients. Anyways, I think it’s my most liked post yet, which is funny given the circumstances. It was so easy to make and the photo was shot at my dining table in the worst lighting ever.
I wanted to save this spooky pasta post until I had time to photograph it with some sauce. Then, I realized that I am never going to have time for anything in my life again. Honestly, I do not know how non-professional bloggers find the time to cook, photograph and eat their spooky pasta while still attending to their jobs, relationships and household chores. It is impossible!
Will and I have never eaten in the restaurant because the temptation to enjoy take-away in the comfort of our own home cannot be overcome. We always order two veggie boxes packed with felafel, homous, garlic potato and our favourite- the kale salad.