May 25, 2011

Today is prep day for the big fund raiser for Melissa. That means cinnamon bread, sunflower seed bread, mini cheesecakes, spinach dip, ham rolls, etc, etc. Well, we started out with a coconut and a walk. I had picked up some fresh Mahi Mahi from Costco yesterday and Randy thought we should mix it up and have it for breakfast. So that’s just what we did. I put a little olive oil, salt and pepper on it and grilled it for 10 minutes. Let it sit while we steamed some zucchini. Randy seasoned the zucchini with ghee, salt and pepper.

Now it’s time to get to work! Faith Berry came over from next door and helped us get all our work done. We made ham rolls, cheesecakes, cinnamon bread, sunflower bread, spinach dip and bacon wrapped dates. I will need to make another batch of cinnamon bread and sunflower seed bread tomorrow – it takes time to make bread. About 2:00 Randy had to run some errands and thought I should have lunch ready, but alas I was still making goodies. I did start working on a meal. We have eggplant and I am making a meatball sauce to cook on the eggplant. My favorite easy meatballs – take some mild italian sausage, squeeze it out of the casing and roll into meatballs. EASY!!! Brown them in a pan with olive oil, add 6 chopped Roma tomatoes, a flower of garlic, chopped, some onion, mushrooms and spaghetti sauce and water. Add 2 bay leaves and simmer for several hours. To this I will add a roasted red pepper sauce that I make by roasting a red bell pepper, cleaning it, put it in a blender with garlic, oregano, basil and a can of tomato sauce. Once blended I add it to the meat sauce and we are ready to rock and roll.

Slice up the eggplant lengthwise in even numbers. I can usually get 6 slices out of each eggplant. Cover with olive oil, salt and pepper, then grill until tender. Put some sauce in the bottom of a 13×19 glass pan, put in eggplant sandwiches and cover with remaining sauce. For the eggplant sandwiches, mix together chopped kale, ricotta cheese, garlic, oregano and basil, then layer between 2 slices of grilled eggplant.  And of coarse since lunch didn’t get served until about 4:30, you guessed it, There will be no need for dinner.

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