Thursday, July 21, 2011

Polynesian Interior, and a recipe for Eggy




Shells necklaces from Tahiti, basket from Hawaii, Poi from Aotearoa, bag from Samoa




Shells necklaces from Tahiti, kete bag and paua shell, flax flowers and little Whare (house) from Te Reo Maori students




Tapa briefcase from Samoa, shells necklaces from Tahiti, Picture from Rarotonga, lei garlands from the 2$store


This is my office. I have chosen a Polynesian theme because I live in the largest Polynesian city in the world, Auckland, and I travelled to several Polynesian countries, collecting things where I could.







Turmeric Eggplants and Chickpeas





Today recipe is for Intuitive Eggplant of Eggplants to Go, who is collecting eggplants recipes for her July 2011 Culinary Smackdown.

Cube two large eggplants and let them sweat with salt for one hour. Rinse and pat dry.

Put two tbsp of vegetable oil in a large frying pan/casserole dish, and sizzle two peeled garlic cloves with one heap tsp of turmeric, half tsp of cumin powder, half of coriander powder, and a good pinch of salt. If you like add a chili pepper too.

Add eggplants and stir, after 10 minutes add the content of a can of chickpeas (water included).

Cook until the eggplants are almost a mush, adding a little water from time to time, when necessary. Adjust with salt and serve hot. I served mine with flat bread and baby spinach leaves.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

23 comments:

  1. la sedia con la gonnellina polinesiana è davvero simpatica ^___^ hai un ufficio molto marino!!

    hai preparato un contorno originale e sfizioso!

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  2. @ Astro, per me che mangio poco questo e' un pasto, non un contorno :-). hehehe!!!

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  3. Che forza un ufficio esotico!
    E che piatto goloso...da provare a rifare!Ma chissà se ha lo stesso sapore qui in pianura padana...mah!bacione

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  4. che meraviglia di ricetta, sto mangiando melanzane a tutti i pasti, tanto le adoro, ora faccio pure la tua, ho anche i ceci cotti nel congelatore....bell'ufficio, non è il classico ufficio grigio, in un posto così si sta anche bene...baci

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  5. Mi piacciono i colori :-), ed il verde!

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  6. Complimenti per il tuo ufficio....è davvero strepitoso!!!!

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  7. Cool! I like all of your collections! I wonder how they make such beautiful items.

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  8. ma che bello il tuo ufficioooooooo...sicuramente e' piu' bello lavorare in un ambiente così "leggero" fatto di cose allegre ...la sedia con il gonnellino e' strepitosa....sto per partire per le vacanze ma quando torno provero' sicuramente le tue melenzane....ciaoooo

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  9. Absolutely love those polynesian accessories and hanging things, beautiful :)

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  10. wowwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!! questa è fantastica!! mi piace moltissimo, amo le melanzane riesco quasi a farne indigestione, la composizione è perfetta e il cumino colora [e sapora] ^^
    brava bravissima :))
    Bibi

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  11. Yes I read Auckland was the largest Polynesian city, and I think we also talked about it together, It must a be a good place to work! Love this recipe.

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  12. Che bello ufficio!Che buona ricettina!Un bacio,carina!

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  13. E' bello e insolito l'ufficio, ma soprattutto com'è ordinatooooooooo!! Vedessi il mio...carino eh, anche lui, anche se "padano", ma c'è un casino.......si può dire casino nella blogosfera???... Bello anche il piatto!

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  14. Dearest Alessandra, thank you so much for contributing this recipe to the Culinary Smackdown! As always, you inspire me! And what a lovely office you have. Enjoy your holiday!

    xoxo, eggy

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  15. You are welcome Eggy, thank you for inviting me :-)!

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  16. Complimenti per tutto...mi aggiungo ai tuoi followers! ciao

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  17. Beautiful Alessandra, what wonderful flavours. And I love your office...wish mine was like that :)

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  18. I'll bet this would taste good over rice. But the flat bread is more in line with the middle eastern flavor that I think this has. Nice dish.

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