No, we’ve not starved; been on a hunger strike or been fasting the past six weeks since Christmas. Yes, we’ve been eating—often Woolies or Pick n Pay heat-and-eat.
Martie wants me to plan meals ahead and buy ingredients accordingly. I prefer to see what looks nice and fresh and then make what comes to mind. Anyway when we when buying groceries there were these fresh-young brenjals—I took three.
Martie is a great inspiration when it comes to cooking. She can imagine a made-dish and then make suggestions:
- 3x medium brenjals
- 1x medium onion
- 250g lean bacon
- 1x desert spoon of Canola oil
- 1x tin (410g) chopped & peeled tomatoes
- 60g fine-grated parmesan cheese
- 150g of maize rice
- 5g salt
Place a medium-size saucepan on the stove with the oil in it to heat; while peeling and chopping the onion and scrape the chopped onion from the chopping board into the saucepan. Cut the stem-ends of the brenjals off; slice in halves; and slice each half in three wedges. Chop the wedges into small pieces. Add the chopped brenjals to the sautéed onions; add the bacon; and stir the content of the pot. Add the tin of tomatoes and stir again. Let the mix simmer.
Boil water in the kettle. Take a Pyrex bowl and put the salt and maize rice in. Pour boiling over, covering the maize rice with about 2cm water. Place bowl in microwave and cook for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
During this process sip some wine (I poured some wine into the brenjal-mix as well), chatted and grated the parmesan.
When the maize rice is ready; let it cool for a short while; while removing the saucepan from the stove (remember to switch off—I sometimes forget) and stirring the parmesan in
Serve and enjoy (Martie asked for some grated cheddar on top).