Now that we are in Coronado, near my two sisters and their families, I've been doing Sunday dinners. I've always loved Sunday dinners...a time to cook a more leisurely meal and share it with friends and family. Growing up, Sunday dinners were a time to regroup and get ready for the coming week...and to eat a fantastic meal. My grandmother made some amazing Sunday dinners. This woman was the epitome of the concept food is love! I know that she is why I love to cook and the reason that I show my love for people through food.
I'm currently doing a 42 day Jump start to Permanent Weight Loss coaching program with my good friend Katie McClain (check out her awesome coaching website) and we are exploring the thoughts and feelings we have around food. It's a very interesting program and I'm uncovering a lot of emotions that I have related to food. Some good, some not so good.
|Eggplant, shriveling in oven.|
I'm thinking about my grandmother a lot. She was a great cook, loved to cook for our family and had a constant battle with her weight for as long as I knew her. She was a petite woman (4'11" with heels) and obsessed about her weight. She was of the mindset of those that diet all week and then eat well on the weekends...except for the bowl of vanilla ice cream with strawberries that she had every night. She never did find the happy medium where she was happy with her weight and with what she was eating. I'm hoping to break that family pattern.
You are probably asking yourself what this has to do with eggplant caviar? Well, even though I didn't think anyone would probably eat it, I decided to make it for our appetizer for Sunday dinner. Along with two loaves of my amazing homemade bread (check out the recipe here). Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised. There were 10 of us and the eggplant caviar and bread were demolished...quickly! When the nieces heard we were having "caviar," they looked at me and asked what was in it. I assured them there were no fishy eggs anywhere in sight, so they happily gave it a try.
French Fridays with Dorie.