Friday, June 17, 2011

Eggplant Casserole and Sewing Project

Eggplant custard casserole.


Covered with yummy cheese and sesame seeds!


Eggplant Custard Casserole

2 medium to large eggplants (aubergines) peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
4 eggs
2 c milk
pinch of salt, dash of pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 grated carrot
1 minced onion
5 pressed garlic cloves (less if you're a vampire...or just don't like the taste)
1- 16-oz can diced tomatoes and juice, blended in a food processor
Fresh(chopped)or dried basil and taste
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded.

Peel and slice the eggplants into rounds and lay them flat (not overlapping!) in two greased 13x9-inch baking pans. (Cut some in half to fit.)

Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper until smooth and pour over the eggplant.
(Custard should come up just even with tops of the eggplant slices, not over.)

Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until custard is firm.

While the custard bakes, saute onion, garlic and carrot in oil for 5 minutes.

Add spices and tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes more.

Pour the sauce over the eggplant custard.

Sprinkle with cheese and seeds.

Return to hot oven for a few minutes, until the top is lightly browned.


Re-purposed vintage tablecloth that I made into a raw fleece storage bag.


Action shots of the bag! Giggle.


I got some new Icelandic fleece the other day...

...and needed a new storage bag for it.

In looking through my considerable fabric stash...

...I was delighted to discover a heavy linen tablecloth with a wide faggoted hem.

Since I rarely iron, it's unlikely that I'd ever use it for it's intended purpose... I sewed up the edges and made a casing at the top, for a new bag!

I took a discarded grey tie that came with a dress...

...and fed it through the casing, making a drawstring closure.

Now my fleece has a new home...

...and there's one less lonely and unused piece of fabric in my cabinet! :)

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Anonymous said...

Heather, this is interesting! There was a talk on Facebook recently about storing wool/preventing from moth. I have read in The Woolcraft book that bags made from unbleached calico are very good, others suggested cedar wood, lavender and Appoe soap made in Syria originally - and storing wool in freezers :).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharign the recipe! looks great. And the fabric use, simple but a good idea!!

Michelle said...

I think this is our dinner for tomorrow. Thanks.

Heather Woollove said...

Monika--That's interesting!
Kim--Let me know if you try it. :)
Michelle--Oh, I hope you'll like it!

Kelly said...

I am making this for dinner tomorrow!!

Love the bag, linen is such a great fabric to work with.

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--I hope you're family likes the dish as much as mine does! Since I make two big pans like that, it's great to pack in containers for work lunches, too!

Anonymous said...

It's always satisfying to make good use of available materials, isn't it!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Yes it is! I would love to be able to use every pretty piece of fabric that I have every day, if I could get around to making useful things out of it! (Luckily, I have daughters who sew, too.)

FeltersJourney said...

Mmm this has made me hungry Heather! Definately going to be making it soon.. sounds a nice quick dish too. Thanks for sharing :)

Heather Woollove said...

Yes, Deborah...this post was especially for YOU!!!! XXO-

Voie de Vie said...

Love eggplant - will try your tasty-looking recipe!

Heather Woollove said...

Denise--Let me know how you liked it! :)