Everyone of us has his or her definition of comfort food. Food that brings back the much needed soul on mundane days, food that reminds us of childhood, food that connects with people we love. My kind of comfort food has always been Malaysian food, as that’s what I grew up with, but then I realised much later that what we had at home are not really authentic Malaysian food, yet a hodge-podge of cuisines which reflected us as a family, and food that we had through our journeys and travels. How Middle Eastern, Indian and Italian cuisines are amalgated in either macaroni with chicken soup, a simple chapati roll with sambal, or in this case, baked aubergine with italian style tomato sauce layered with arabic spices, to be enjoyed with a bowl of Jasmine rice!
That’s the beauty of food. It does not discriminate. It does not define one by passport, nationality or race. How the warmth of a baked casserole brings family together, through lunches or suppers. Irrespective of whether it’s called brinjal, aubergine or eggplant, it will still be delicious! I took to chopping the aubergine into neat little circles, and since I always have stocks of homemade tomato Ragu in the fridge, this dish took minimal time to prepare.
The layered casserole reminds me so much of Greek Moussaka, only this one does not have any potatoes or legumes. Just aubergine, tomato sauce, and cheese, enriched with sumac, oregano and a dash of paprika for good measure. I am assuming that something homemade like this will be ideal for feeding the family over the weekend, or even baked in smaller portion as a bachelor meal.
Let’s see what others are cooking, and for inspiration this weekend:
- I would love to make this pear and hazelnut muffin from Smitten Kitchen, which is inspired by the Whole Grain breakfast cookbook.
- Speaking of which, that’s the book that I need to grab asap, I have read a lot of raved reviews about it, she is after all the founder of the nicely packaged homemade granola.
- I only discovered this blog recently, and catching up with all the archive posts and gorgeous photography. The recent orange, avocado and feta salad should inspire you in this citrus season.
- This video really brought a smile on me; Hubs first ever gift to me was a set of cookie press ( ha!) that too all the way from Medina. Talk about fate. And my love for cookie press.
- I know this is not food related, but it’s totally related to my weekend. Plenty of sewing ideas for the little one and the house.
- Tomorrow I am making this for breakfast. Weekend is all about brunch and sleeping in.
- For easy pantry ideas and plenty to laugh about, read this.
Half of my weekend is already gone with a long trip to Ikea, and we enjoyed too many chicken wings in their food court! Any great recipe on non-fried chicken wings is greatly welcomed, in the comment below ;-)..I guess that’s our indulgence this weekend.