Some views of Auckland from Maungarei
From top left 1. Looking south southeast across Panmure lagoon 2. Looking north toward Rangitoto
3. Toward summit & into space 🙂 with a little help from digital filters 4. Looking northwest to Auckland city
The clouds were posing nicely – cirrus or cirrostratus I think
I managed to complete the Fit24 challenge and scored 100%. Unfortunately I didn’t lose weight – it went up and down over the course of the challenge and I’m now about back where I began. It wasn’t all bad. I can easily enjoy much less sugar in my diet and will keep a few of the elements of the challenge. This will be keeping cakes, biscuits, desserts and ice-creams as once a week or less often treats. Jam on wholegrain toast will be back in but with a little less frequency- perhaps twice per week.
I have also decided that I need to celebrate and be more curious about food. So I’m setting off on a culinary journey.
I found “The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean” amongst the library cast offs. This fits in nicely with an article I referred to in a previous blog about the benefits of a Mediterranean type diet and the book boasts 215 healthy, vibrant and inspired recipes. I think it also ties in nicely with my childhood love of Greek mythology and Scheherazade and her Arabian nights entertainments.
The book opens with some information about mezze and a series of sauce and dip recipes.
I found some lovely eggplants so decided the first recipe I’d try would be a fairly well known dish – Roasted Eggplant dip or Baba ganoush. Ideally the eggplants are best cooked over coals or a flame but I roasted them in the oven. The garnish is tomatoes, parsley and paprika blended 3 parts to 1 with ground chilli flakes. The dip is quite a moist one but has subtle chilli kick.