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Eggplant in Coconut Gravy and Thrifty Finds

I tried out a delicious recipe from Cook’s Hideout – Eggplant in Coconut Gravy. I used up the Japanese Eggplants I bought at Super H. Mine is a little more saucier than the original because I added a little more tomato puree. I increased the amounts of spices to compensate. I’ll definitely make it again. Yum!

Eggplant in Coconut Gravy

I tried out an Asian Pesto recipe from one of my Thai cookbooks. I tossed the pesto with rice noodles but the pesto was way too sweet. Yuck! I haven’t decided if I’m going to tinker with the recipe to try and improve it or just start over with a new recipe. The pesto has a mix of Thai basil, mint and culantro in it. Rob ate it and thought it was just ok.

Asian Pesto

I’m always on the lookout for nifty fabric. This time I happened to find cool fabric in the form of a twin sheet set at Super Target (which, by the way, has good prices on Muir Glen tomatoes). The set was 75% off, marked down from $29.99 to $7.48. Yay! I like the design on the fabric. It has a bit of an ethnic flair to it. You can’t beat the price for the amount of fabric I got. Now the hard part is deciding which crafty sewing project to use it in.

Yay! Cheap but cool fabric!

Have a wonderful weekend 😀

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  • bazu March 9, 2007, 5:17 pm

    yay- eggplant! I can’t get enough lately. And I love your fabric. Just today, Daiku and I went to the fabric store to see if they had any interesting clearance or remnant fabrics, but not too much luck.

    I’m really interested in your pesto though- where did you find culantro? I’ve had it on my mind ever since reading about it on Johanna’s blog, but I’ve never come across it!

  • vegandiva March 9, 2007, 5:38 pm

    Howdy Bazu, I found culantro at Super H Mart 😀 I’ve never seen it anywhere else before. I was really excited to find it! I’ve been finding all sorts of neat food finds since moving here. Once I get the pesto perfected I will post the recipe. I am determined to make a good Asian pesto. It’s one of my goals for the year! Thanks for the compliment on the fabric too. Usually the clearance sheets at Target aren’t particularly my style. I was stunned to find such a lovely pattern on clearance.

  • Aurora's Mom March 9, 2007, 8:23 pm

    Wow, what a snazzy new look to your blog! Very nice.

    I’ve used sheets for fabric as well, since you get so much and don’t have to buy it “by the yard”. I’ve made curtains for our living room and kid’s bedrooms out of sheets…I like that print you bought!

  • bazu March 10, 2007, 12:59 pm

    Just came back to say that I like your new look- very fresh and cool!

    And thanks for the culantro tip, maybe I’ll find it at the Super H Mart near my mom’s one day!

  • K March 10, 2007, 10:53 pm


    Have i mentioned I LOVE THE NEW LOOK?


    You just made me nostalgic for my junior high days (Oakview Jr. High, now McCracken Middle School) when we had “Home Ec” and part of it was “Sewing,” and i shopped for my needed items at “Minnesota Fabrics”… where else but in Chicago?! Ah, if only there was a Super Target back in the olde daze there… I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Super Target. I love Target, i already think it is super…

    Nice eggplant in coconut gravy with the fluffy white rice by its side. The pesto noodle-y dish there sure LOOKS tasty… sorry it was a disappointment!

  • Twisted Cinderella March 11, 2007, 8:57 am

    I have been eating more eggplant lately. This recipe sounds like something I would like to try.

  • johanna3 March 12, 2007, 7:40 am

    i like the fabric! culantro i love it!

  • judy March 12, 2007, 9:20 am

    Your pesto recipe sounds interesting, but I have to agree with you about it being too sweet. Or rather, sounding too sweet. Maybe it’s because of the mint? I really don’t care for sweet ‘meal’ foods, like dishes with raisins or pineapple.

    What a great deal on the fabric! I love buying fabric, and I love the idea of sewing with great fabric, but unfortunately, I am lazy and I usually just get home and stuff the fabric away in a drawer, only to forget about it and continue the cycle. That print would make a great pillow, or a table runner. See? I’m full of great ideas.

  • mikaela March 12, 2007, 9:20 am

    Like the new header! 🙂

  • cherie March 12, 2007, 10:02 am

    I’ll eat some of that pasta with pesto any day! I love pesto.

  • Kati March 12, 2007, 12:45 pm

    Hey, I love your new look! It must be spring – I’ve got the itch to change up my blog, too. Great deal on the fabric.

  • vegandiva March 12, 2007, 2:49 pm

    Thanks for all the nice comments on my blog’s new look 🙂

    Aurora’s Mom, that’s cool you use sheets for fabric too. If we weren’t renting, I would use the fabric to make curtains. Right now I have my eye on a few projects including a table runner. 😀

    Karen, Super Target = Regular Target + Grocery Store. It’s great! I don’t like their produce though but they have some good prices on canned goods.

    Judy, those are all great ideas for the fabric. I already had my eye on a runner project. 🙂 The pesto ended up being too sweet because of the added sugar in the recipe. I know what you mean about mint though. Mint can be overpowering at times so I cut down the amount used a bit. I hope to tinker with the recipe more next weekend.