Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tea on Thursday

What a week I've had! Saturday night hubby and I attended the 'Happy Together' concert featuring The Turtles, The Cowsills, The Buckinghams, The Association, Mark Linsay - lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Grass Roots. A fabulous night of 60's music!
Sunday I was on a bus tour of a lavender farm and a privately owned botanical garden, which are featured in my previous post.
Today I accompanied my 95 year old friend Ruth on a bus trip to Toronto for lunch and the musical 'Newsies' which was very good. This photo was taken outside the restaurant where we had lunch. Pretty amazing tall buildings for a couple of country bumpkins.
I've had our daughter's cockapoo Henry seen above with Topaz while hubby went camping with her and the kids. Every time they heard a car door, both boys would race to the window to see if hubby was home.
With cooler days and nights I realized the leaves on a potted geranium are turning to pretty shades of autumn.
Hydrangea 'Little Lime' has some flowers beginning to take on the pink blush that occurs in late summer.
I have ordered eggplant parmesan many times in a restaurant but never made it myself. Well, I tried the recipe from the Looneyspoons Collection cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski, two Canadian gals concerned with healthy nutrition and it was easy and delicious. I hope they won't mind if I reprint the recipe here as encouragement to find their book or one of the others they've published. Great recipes!
They listed plain breadcrumbs with the addition of grated fresh parmesan cheese but I used the seasoned crumbs I had on hand.

Eggplant Parmesan - serves 8-
1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs 
2 tsp dried basil
2 eggs
2 medium eggplants unpeeled, cut into @ 8 slices each
olive oil cooking spray
3 cups low-sodium tomato pasta sauce
1 cup shredded light mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

In one pie plate combine bread crumbs and basil.
In another pie plate lightly beat eggs using a fork.
Dip eggplant slices one at a time into eggs, shake off excess and press into crumb mixture. Turn to coat both sides.
Place slice on 2 baking sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.

Spray tops of slices lightly with cooking spray and bake 400F for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, turn slices over and spray top again with cooking spray.
Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes.

To assemble casserole, spoon 1 cup pasta sauce over bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Top with 1/2 eggplant slices.
Spoon another 1 cup sauce over eggplant, followed by 1/2 mozzarella. 
Repeat layering  - eggplant, sauce, cheese and sprinkle with parsley.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.

One serving is 205 calories, 7.6 g fat, 12 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 4.8 g fiber, 63 g cholesterol, 603 mg sodium

If you should try their recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Did you notice there is no tea today, not that I haven't been having it every afternoon but I wanted to share the recipe and I'm off to a tea and flower show on Saturday so will take some photos at it for next week.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.


  1. Hello Judith, wow all those 60's band names sound so familiar. Henry and Topaz look cute looking out the window together. I love eggplatn parmesan, YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Enjoy your Thursday!

  2. A fabulous night of 60's music, indeed! Oh my heavens, that must have been so much fun! Aww, cute doggies looking out the window! One of my favorite things ever, eggplant parmesan!

  3. What a busy lady you are. Music and food. That's my kind of good times. I have a friend who loves eggplant parmesan. I think I may have to use that recipe. Thanks for posting it.

  4. What a great week indeed, Judith!
    Enjoying 60's music brings together people of all generations, in all the continents. It must have been a lovely concert!
    Great photo of the two cuties looking so attentive by the window. And you eggplant parmesan looks gorgeous.
    A tea and flower show... What could be better? :)
    See you soon!

  5. The recipe sounds good and the dogs are so cute. Some of those groups were my favorite ones when I was a teenager. I envy you seeing them.

  6. Yum; sounds delicious! Those pooches are too cute, Judith, and what wonderful company they would be. Now about that 60's night of music, I loved the Association and the Turtles. What fun that would have been. Did you wear your mini and fish nets??


  7. Hi Judith! WOW - I love eggplant parm - never made it either, going to have to try your recipe - looks soooo delicious!

    I love that corner skinny old Victorian building! Nice you were able to make Ruth's day so special.

    The pic of the two furry friends is adorable, great watch keepers for sure! Hope the camping was fun for the family.

    Heading over to last post to check out the flowers. Sorry I have been so MIA lately. Hugs.

  8. You have been busy, Judith! The 60's music sounds so fun, and I always love hearing about Ruth...what an inspiration.
    The recipe sounds so good and easy, too. I know that you enjoy your tea every afternoon, and I look forward to hearing about your tea that you'll be attending.

  9. I grew up listening to the music my parents listened to and I love the Turtles and The Association! In fact I've passed my love for "Happy Together" on to my kids! What a fun night that must have been!

    You've had a wonderful week it sounds like.


  10. I love this dish and should try your recipe. You have had quite an exciting week! hope the campers had a great time.

  11. Oh wow...that concert sounded fantastic...I would have been singing along the whole time...that "my" music back in the day! I love eggplant too and your dish looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. How fun! I'd like to check out the Pompeii exhibit at the ROM, but just haven't gotten around to it. Looking forward to hearing all about the tea next week!

    P.S. David's Tea released their fall collection this week!

  13. Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Grass Roots

    WOW I just went down Memory Lane big time :)

    I am wearing a short dress with fishnet stockings :)

  14. Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Grass Roots

    WOW I just went down Memory Lane big time :)

    I am wearing a short dress with fishnet stockings :)

  15. Sounds like my kind of concert! The Beach Boys are coming here in October and I can't wait to see them again. The last time I saw them live was in 1968 in Houston, Texas!

  16. I sure did love all those bands especially the Raiders!! Did they do all the hits? Oh gosh that just sounds so fun!! Did you make pictures?

  17. I sure did love all those bands especially the Raiders!! Did they do all the hits? Oh gosh that just sounds so fun!! Did you make pictures?

  18. What a great night of music. Our kind of music, classic and great. I will have to try the egg plant recipe. We always plant egg plant, but I always give them away because we don't eat them. We grow them simply because they look so pretty in the garden and makes us feel like we have accomplished something. Have a fine week end. (pups are cute)

  19. Such a lovely photo of the dogs! I have noticed the geranium leaves changing colour here too! xx

  20. Love the dog pics, and the eggplant parm looks amazing.

  21. oh, I would've loved that concert and the tearoom visit too!
    So funny how our dogs are like little children just waiting for Mommy to get home to them.

  22. Your big city trip looks like an adventure I'd love. Did you enjoy the concert ? As I read this post the 'Happy Together' song began playing in my head and I know I'll be humming this song tonight and tomorrow. Good thing the song really does make me happy or I'd go crazy.

    You know, I have never eaten eggplant and this recipe looks so good I am going to try it.

    No tea in the garden for me this week because even drinking iced tea is unpleasant in this heat, but I've been doing a lot of watering, watering, watering. We finally have rain coming down right now and I am so happy..."happy together" .

    1. I meant "drinking iced tea in the garden OUTDOORS" is unpleasant in this heat.

  23. I can understand how you feel like country bumpkins in a city like Toronto, the buildings are amazing. Your eggplant parmesan sounds very good and I really do love that photo of the two dogs together for the window eagerly waiting.......
    Have a nice Sunday!

  24. The concert sounds like it was fun. I enjoy 60's music.
    Never had eggplant at all. I've heard it has a (soft texture) though and I'm not a big fan of mussy things so I'm scared to try it. Loved the shot of the dogs looking out the window.

  25. Wow that is a dream concert for me...and what a fun filled week of plans!

  26. Beautiful photos. I haven't been to Toronto for ages and the plans I was making to travel there next month fell through. I have that book by the Podleski sisters but only every day dream about making something from it, lol. I always enjoy watching the two of them on television.

  27. You are lucky to live in the country and yet near enough to the Big City for a day trip. A wonderful and fun filled week! I Oder Eggplant Parm often, but also have never tried cooking it ... Now I will. Thanks!

  28. Love those pups looking out the window!

    I've never made eggplant parm myself either, come to think of it...this looks like a great recipe.

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  30. The trip to Toronto sounds wonderful! I enjoyed seeing the photos. Fun seeing the dogs looking for "Dad/Grandpa"!
    Hugs, Beth


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