Saturday, September 25, 2010

I Love My Garden & Healthy Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Last Friday I got to work out in the garden for 5 hours. The weather was a wonderful dry 70 degrees. In the front yard, mostly hidden from the street is a small vegetable garden. I just added another raised bed for more vegetables next year. The vegetable gardens are hidden by fragrant, deer resistant flowers and plants. Most years the deer leave my front garden alone until fall, after I have deadheaded the flowers and the deer seem to be more adventurous. My plan is to harvest before they find the vegetables.  Since fragrance makes deer nervous, I pulled lots of fragrant stems of Chocolate Mint and scattered them around the ripe vegetables. Even dry the chocolate mint gives off it’s fragrance when stepped on.
To the left is the start of my new vegetable bed in the front garden.I’m taking some dirt from this area to use as fill in another area and will be filling this raised bed with compost.  From the street it will be almost hidden as the bed to the right was, by fragrant deer resistant flowers. You can also see the scatterings of my chocolate mint cuttings among the peppers and eggplant.
Healthy Eggplant Parmesan
3 or 4 or as many eggplants as you want to use. Unpeeled.
Olive oil
Pasta Sauce of your choice
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese and mozzarella cheese
This is really easy. Don’t peel the eggplant. Slice crossways into little rounds. Do not add salt and “sweat” the eggplant. It seems to me that adding salt and letting the eggplant sweat out on paper towels, then rinsing them off loses nutrients and exchanges them for salt. Not Needed!
Pour a bit of olive oil in a glass pie plate. Flip your eggplant rounds onto the oil to lightly coat then  lay eggplant rounds one layer deep on a large cookie sheet.
Roast in a 400 degree oven. Watching closely,  flip and roast the other side. Cook until just soft.
In a flat pan spread a layer of sauce, then a layer of eggplant topped with some of both cheeses.  Repeat, ending with a layer of breadcrumbs. Bake in oven until bubbly and done. Yum

The next day we had fog roll up from the creek that runs through the town. The fog almost hides the mountains. This is my view from my porch. We have a school across the street.

A day or two later we had sunlight!  The sun is backlighting this Double Delight Rose.
I also made 5 Grape Pies. I baked one pie. This is Ted’s last slice. I froze 4 unbaked pies. Later we will be remembering summer with grape pie. Here is my recipe.


  1. My vegetables are all finished:( What a wonderful photo of the rose. Take care and have a wonderful day.

  2. We still have peppers and tomatos. If I plant mint on the deer path, do you think the deer will go someplace else, like my neighbors yard?

  3. Your grape pie sounds delicious. I haven't made a grape one before....I may need to try your recipe.

    I like your idea of using deer resistant plants around your vegetable garden. I hope they do not discover your hidden garden until you have harvested everything :-)

  4. I'm new at the veggie thing. I'm doing tomatoes (upside down so gravity saves me the effort of staking them) lettuce, spinach, beans, sweet peas and cucumbers. Had a spinach omelet for lunch today. Delicious.

  5. Hi Gloria, All I can say is, YUM!!! That pie looks so incredibly delicious. How smart to freeze the unbaked pies. Your new raised bed looks full of promise!

  6. Gloria I love your ideas for discouraging deer in the garden. That pie looks absolutely delicious.

  7. Grape pie... never heard of it though if you made it, I imagine it's quite tasty. I'm definitely going to give the eggplant recipe a try. My daughter loves that stuff.

  8. Garden of Threads - Thank you! I still have not harvested the last. Anyday now.

  9. Hi Jim - A friend once called deer 4 legged rats with horns! They are so beautiful but boy can they eat and tramble as you well know. I think the mint helps. Be careful of what type of mint. My chocolate mint does not have serious roots that make them invasive. Can you get it- I could mail you some, it is tough.

  10. Hi Noelle, so far so good, the deer haven't found the veggies!

  11. Hi Paul! That's right, your summer there in Australia is just starting! If you are doing well with spinach, I'd say you are doing everything right! For me it can be one of the hardest things to get going. It's about the soil

  12. Hi Grace - Yes the grape pie is delicious. When I am eating or serving it I think it is worth the work. When I am making it, well that is another story....But, it is a once a year thing and I am glad to do it!

  13. Hi Kate, let me know how your daughter likes the eggplant recipe. I used fresh shredded parmesan, not the stuff in the can. You can buy it at Sam's already shredded. After I open the container, I freeze it in small servings.

  14. Lovely site, Your Double Delight Rose looks like my Gemini Rose. Visit the photo gallery let me know if you think they look alike.