Why limit the potential of fruit? Roasting figs is the second best way to eat them, in my opinion, second to dried figs. I call this side dish a fall preview since roasting is a more energy-intense cooking method appropriate to complement the winding down of summer. Abbreviating the name of this dish would be FFEO, but I don't think this is an ugly recipe (feo is ugly en espanol). I seemed to have been on a purple kick since the figs, onion. and eggplant were all of the same hue. Maybe I should call it Figs Royale since purple is the colour of royalty in the ancient world...but then why choose a French adjective for a Greco-Roman concept? Too much thinking as a side dish, enjoy my favourite way to eat vegetables: al horno.
Roasted Figs, Fennel, Eggplant, and Onions
1 pint figs, destemmed and quartered
1 bulb fennel, sliced into one-inch pieces (including fronds)
2 large eggplant, sliced into one-inch cubes (a serrated boning knife works wonders here)
1 red onion, half-mooned
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons safflower oil (or other neutral, high-heat oil)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You can turn it down to anywhere from 425-375 but it will take longer to cook. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.
In a large bowl, toss the cut veggies with the molasses, oil, and seasonings until evenly coated. Spread mixture in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring at about 15 minutes, until the eggplant has browned and everything has softened. Serve hot, cold, or indifferent.
This week I received two bags of squashed marbles, AKA mancala beads. I play a mean game of mancala, if I may brag, and I challenge you to a match. My brother and I have trained for years in the ancient game... Anyway, while messing around with mancala beads once, my brother and I decided to put them in our socks. Walking foot massage! An even better way to use squashed marbles is to wash them in boiling hot water, drain them onto a towel, and then step on them. Hot stone massage for cheap!
This week, there was a lot of this.
And not a lot of this.
I freely confess to limiting my potential for physical and mental change and growth by not sleeping. Making an effort to get to bed by midnight would help this situation. How are you limiting your potential? What are you gonna do about it?