Wednesday, September 4, 2013
On My Hearth: Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans
Last night's dinner consisted of Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans and fresh bread. Both were absolutely delicious!
I love making my own bread but don't really like the end result of loaves baked in my bread machine, they have a strange consistency and I just can't get past that weird shape! I saw this recipe and decided to give it a try, appreciated the fact that I was able to use the machine for the kneading/rising, then pop the dough into a loaf pan for the final rise and bake. Perfect!
As for the stew, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the eggplant. While I've yet to meet a vegetable I don't love, my only experience with eggplant has been the breaded Italian variety. The end result was a pleasant surprise! The stew was thick & hearty, made 6 very generous portions. Because I enjoy strong flavors/spices, I doubled the amount of dried herbs in the recipe, and topped with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan when serving. A thick slice of crusty bread allowed me to soak up every single drop! So yummy, will definitely be making this one again.
Today's plan is to catch up on a couple of household chores and perhaps take Loki for a nice long walk. It's so hot outside, am dreaming of cooler autumn temps!
Have a wonderful day,