Sauteed Baby and Thai Eggplants with Basil and Peppers

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


Sesame oil
Canola oil
1 red chili, deseeded and chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch thin strips
1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
8 eggplant (small baby and thai style) halved
2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
2 tablespoons mirin sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup fresh thai basil leaves
Green onions, sliced thin


In a large sauté pan or work heat oil until hot, add the chili garlic and ginger and sauté a few minutes. Next add the peppers and sauté a few more minutes. Add the baby eggplants and sauté about 5 minutes or more until soft and tender. Add the hoisin, tamari, mirin and lime juice and stir and cook another few minutes. Add the basil leaves, stir and take off heat. Serve over rice with green onions and chopped peanuts for garnish.

Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

Makes one drink


2½ ounces bell pepper infused vodka, recipe below
1 ounce extra dry vermouth
1 ounce spicy pickled olives and pepper brine, recipe below
3 olives and 1 slice of pepper (from the brined goods), for garnish


Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, vermouth and brine. Close and shake vigorously. Place the olive and the bell pepper in the bottom of a martini class and strain mixture from shaker into the glass.

Bell Pepper Infused Vodka

Makes 4 cups


2 red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced
4 cups vodka


Place all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 2 to 3 days.

Spicy Olive & Pepper Brine

Makes 1 cup


1 (8 ounce) jar stuffed garlic olives
20 to 25 pieces of sliced red, yellow and orange peppers
1 jalapeño, chopped and wrapped in cheese cloth
½ cup water
1 tablespoon salt
Zest and juice of 1 lemon


Place all ingredients in a large glass container. Let brine for about 3 days. Remove the cheesecloth wrapped jalapeño.

Indian Summer Ratatouille

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 – 8

Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour (very little if any attention during this time)
Wine Pair: Red


Olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 bell peppers (1 yellow, 1 red, 1 orange), chopped medium
3 medium zucchini, chopped medium
1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 medium to small eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium carrot, chopped small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked finely
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
4-5 medium sized tomatoes, chopped medium
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs : marjoram, oregano, basil, chopped fine
â…“ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
¼ – ½ cup of red wine (the wine you choose for the pairing)
Parmesan cheese, shaved for garnish


In a heavy bottom stew pan heat olive oil to medium heat, sauté garlic and onions for about a minute or two until slightly translucent. Add the bell peppers, and sauté another minute or two. Add the zucchini, fennel, eggplant and carrots and sauté a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir well, add chili flakes if desired and half of all the herbs. Add tomatoes and wine and mix well, turn down heat to low and let simmer stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Add the remaining herbs and take off heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve over polenta, pasta or just as vegetable stew!

Thai Chicken & Coconut Green Herb Curry Soup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


Olive oil, for sautéing
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped fine
3 limes, zest and juice
1 large red onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts sliced into thick, long slices about 1 inch wide and the length of the breast
2 large leeks, chopped
1 large orange pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 large red pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges, for garnish


In heavy stew pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sauté garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, onions and lime zest and cook until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add chicken and sauté another few minutes trying to brown the chicken a bit. Add leeks and stir well. Add orange and yellow pepper and continue to sauté mixture for another few minutes. Add lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Add coconut milk; bring to a boil and let cook for about 3 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chicken stock and stir well. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add cilantro and stir well just before serving.

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