Baba Ganoush Soup & Red Hot Cobbler

19 Oct

You know, sometimes it’s the little things in life that count… like being rewarded for not running your dishwasher before you leave in the morning and then having to eat out of giant bowls when you have soup night on Saturday instead of Monday because you’re staying in to study and you need SOMETHING to look forward to. I know that looks like a regular soup bowl, but rest assured, it was HUGE! … So was the hunk of cheese my friend and I devoured (mmmm… cheeese)…. and the apple cobbler. What can I say, I’m a stress cooker! Although so far I’m not getting any complaints.

Either way, there’s a really great blog called Smitten Kitchen that often has delicious recipes on it (especially for cakes!) that I generally find to look delicious but often seem a little more complicated than what I’m really willing to do for just, you know, dinner. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, and can dirty up a kitchen with pots and pans better than anyone else I know, but generally when I’m cooking I am hungry and I want it NOW! Or at least I want to not actively do anything about the food getting ready the entire hour of preparation. That’s why I love roasting!… It’s probably also why she has a cookbook deal and Mary and I are writing to Campbells.

SO, the other day I clicked over there and saw “roasted eggplant soup” and immediately thought “BABA GANOUSH SOUP THAT IS BRILLIANT!”. So I clicked on the link and it had roasted eggplant and roasted tomatos! Even MORE brilliant because I love them both.

…. Then I stopped reading the recipe because I was so entranced by the idea of baba ganoush soup (and probably zizi doing something), so when I went to the market I picked up eggplants and tomatoes and I had an onion so I roasted them when I got home with a head of garlic, blended, mixed in tahini, added some lemon and then…. looked at the recipe again.

This was NOT supposed to be baba ganoush soup. It was supposed to be something with thyme. That is a whoooole other region of the world of soup. Also, she was ‘meh’ on her soup and mine was delicious.

Guess failing at reading comprehension is not always a bad thing 🙂

Then I made cobbler. With cayenne pepper. Because it also seemed like a good idea at the time and I clearly was making sleep deprived decisions out the wazoo. But hey, you know what? Also delicious. Take that sleep! I don’t need you! I’ll just stay up on Saturday nights reading! SO THERE!!!!

Then again, that also leads to things like this (caveat, not me)… thanks grad school!

Baba Ganoush Soup

  • Put 2-3 eggplants in one pyrex with the tops cut off, sliced in half and poked a few times with a fork along with half a head of garlic with the top chopped off and cover with foil. In the other pyrex, put 3-4 tomatoes, sliced in half, and a large yellow onion, without the skin, quartered. Cover that with tinfoil too.
  • Bake at 375 for about 40-45 minutes until the eggplant seems kind of slimy when you cut into it (sounds gross, tastes delicious)
  • Take everything out of the oven and put it into the soup pot (making sure you take the garlic out of its skin!) and cover with enough water to make it brothy. Simmer for 10-15 minutes then blend, adding salt, two generous spoonfuls of tahini and the juice of 1-2 lemons. Serve!

Red Hot Cobbler (in that it tastes like red hots, the candy, it’s not that hot)

  • Slice up 5-6 apples and put them into a small pyrex (this obviously depends on how many apples you have)
  • Mix about 1/2 cup sugar with 2 tblspns flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a few generious shakes of cayenne pepper. Pour over the apples and stir so the apples are pretty evenly covered
  • For the crumble top, mix about a cup of flour with half a cup of sugar and a little salt, then cut in a stick of butter. You can start off with a whisk to break things up, but you’ll want to switch to a fork at the end when the mix is making itself clumpy
  • Once mix is clumpy, sprinkle over your apples
  • Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes (until crumple is lightly browned)



One Response to “Baba Ganoush Soup & Red Hot Cobbler”

  1. mlo October 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm #


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