“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”

By: musicisfoodoflove

Aug 17 2010

Category: Uncategorized


-Giuseppe Verdi

I haven’t written recently either.  For that I apologize.  I was in florida for 2 weeks, followed by my birthday which I ended up celebrating about 8 times.  I will eventually tell you the recipe to this glorious dish, but first I will rant.

It’s Ramadan, a month in the Islamic calendar where you fast from sun up till sun down every day for a month.  (Aka we eat at sundown, we do not go without food/water for a month!) So everything I cook (including this eggplant Parmesan) for the next month will be by smell!  This ended up being fantastic, but that could be because I hadn’t eaten in about 24 hours.

Let’s dream big for a second.  I always daydream.  Always.  Who doesn’t?  From the youngest infant to the oldest man, there are dreams, what-ifs, regrets, and wishes that they think of constantly.  I think one of the biggest questions we ask ourselves is a multi-part question: If we could do anything we wanted, what would we do?  If money wasn’t an issue, if expectations and opinions placed on you by others weren’t a factor and the only demand of your life was for your own happiness.  Before answering that question, let’s revel in what I just said.  Why is it that other people’s expectations effect us so much?  I’m not saying drop your family, run away and abandon responsibility, but why is it that other people’s opinions matter so much?  I believe if everyone took time to make themselves happier, no one would have time to hurt others.
Now let me answer the question.  If I had my way I would move to an island, some kind of paradise heaven on earth, and live.  I don’t need much, I want a small house, one story, one or two bedrooms, a bright bathroom and a kitchen that takes up the rest of the house.  I would walk to an open air market every day, buy fresh fruits, veggies, bread, cheese, fish, and cook.  After I made the meal I would take a book, sit on the beach and read, jumping into the water every few minutes. drift on a raft or float around reading, living, being.  I would make money by teaching english or music, or helping out around town however necessary.  I have come to find that I like quiet this summer.  Trust me, I still talk, I still laugh, I still don’t shut up, but sitting for hours at a coffee shop reading makes me feel so at peace and relaxed.

For the recommended listening, since I mentioned Verdi in the quotes, let us have a song that is a toast to the wonderful Italian lifestyle: Work only to Live, not Live only to Work.  This is Verdi’s Brindisi (Drinking song) from La Traviata


The recipe:

1 medium Eggplant
1 egg
3-4 fresh mozzerella balls
1 cup shredded mozzerella
Basil leaves
28 oz marinara sauce (either from scratch or spaghetti sauce from a jar)

For breading:
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (plain or italian)
1/2 cup white flour
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 tsp salt
2 tbs paprika
1 tbs oregano
1tbs parsley (dried)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Mix these all together and set aside.  Crack one egg and whisk in separate bowl.  For the eggplant, what I do is cut it relatively thing, about 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick and place it in a bowl, one with a strainer underneath is ideal, but don’t worry a regular one is fine too.  Lightly salt the eggplant then put a plate smaller than the bowl on top of the eggplant and put something heavy on top of that plate.  This will drain out all the excess water from the eggplant, which will make it easier to make crispy when you fry it.  I leave it pressing for about 6-8 hours.

When the eggplant is ready, get your oil ready to fry the eggplant, make sure the oil is very hot (350-400º)
Dip the eggplant first in egg, then in the bread crumb mixture.
Place carefully in oil, flipping once until browned (5-6 minutes)

preheat oven to 450º
In a well oiled ceramic or glass pan, scoop some sauce onto the bottom, followed by a layer of eggplant, a few chopped up basil leaves, some shredded mozzarella and more sauce.  Repeat layers until you reach the top, pouring a heavy amount of sauce on the top followed by the cut up fresh mozzarella balls.
Stick in the oven for about 10 minutes just to melt everything, then broil it for an extra 5!

With Love,



2 comments on ““You may have the universe if I may have Italy””

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