Welcome to the Heat Dome {CtBF}

Hi Guys!  I’ve missed you!  Due to lots of travel and visitors and lack of pre-planning, I completely skipped June with my Cook the Book Fridays friends.  It was a great month with two family graduations and my college reunion.

Proud Aunts with Nephew’s Graduation


College Reunion


Proud Aunts with Other Nephew’s Graduation

The past week, New England has been under a “heat dome” with high humidity and temperatures day after day in the 90s.  It reminds me of the weather of my childhood in Maryland, which I thought I’d escaped with my residence in New England.   Warmer summers have migrated north.  A house without air-conditioning is not always workable.  A bedroom unit helps, though not wanting to hole up there all day, the current approach involves frequent outings to cooler inside places.  Howard rigged up a brilliant mister system that works for outside time.  I figured out how to sit in the spray and keep a book dry while I read.

This week’s cooking challenge for Cook the Book Fridays Baba Ganoush (or moutabal, in French) fits perfectly in a sane cooking strategy for a hotter-than-hell week as it involves minimal cooking.  Howard charred the outside of the eggplants while the grill was fired up for some burgers.  The eggplants finish cooking in the oven.  After that, all the ingredients were pureed in the food processor for a wonderful dip to scoop up with pita chips for a snack or part of lunch.  Howard tried it, but as you know, eggplant’s not his thing.  I, on the other hand, really enjoyed this version of baba ganoush.  The recipe makes a generous amount, so one eggplant’s worth (half) might have been enough.

I never seem to make the same recipe twice, but this is a good one.  The smoky Aleppo pepper adds a subtle undertone that complements the charred eggplant.  I also liked the recommended puddle of olive oil on top.  We did the same thing with the hummus from the same book.  It’s an attractive and tasty technique.  If you’d like to give this a try, you can find the recipe on page 64 of David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen.  You can see other reviews of the recipes by following the links here.

Not all my cooking plans for this week were sane.  For some reason, I decided that homemade bagels would be the perfect holiday breakfast on the 4th of July.  What genius thought boiling water and turning the oven up to 500 degrees when it was already in the high 80s in the kitchen was a good idea?  I did follow through, with delicious results, but next time I will take the weather into account.

I’m glad to be back.  See you again soon!


Posted on 6 July 2018, in Cook The Book Fridays, my paris kitchen and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. YAY welcome back!!! THose bagels look wonderful (and I am always doing things like putting the oven on when I shouldn’t…. The things we do…)

  2. Oh my goodness! Bagels!! They DO look delicious. I realized that I’ve been remiss in my cooking/blogging as well. I’m trying to get back on track. How time flies.

    This was a fun/easy recipe and I was really happy to be able to use some of the spices I’d purchased for other recipes. So a win!!!

  3. Oh my gosh, glad to “see” you. This weather has been rough. Us north’ners are bred for cold not heat!
    Glad to hear Howard’s clever ideas are saving the day. And I am also team Howard with the eggplant.
    I have been known to embark on non-seasonally appropriate baking ventures from time to time. We’re not crazy, just determined:-)

  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful month! I guess I shouldn’t complain about the heat we’ve had here, though it felt pretty unbearable this week. Your baba ganoush looks great.

  5. It’s so good to read your posts again! Congratulations to the new graduates!
    Your weather sounds very similar to our here in Sydney. I dread the summers. You did well getting everything done in the heat! Looks fantastic as well. Love the family photos :)

  6. Good to see you back Betsy, I’ve missed your posts. This was a delicious recipe and we all enjoyed it. I have often thought about trying to make bagels but never got around to it. Yours look fantastic and so inviting.

  7. We were hit by the extreme heat too. It has been tough. There are no escape. We were up north at the Adirondack, it was unbearably hot there too. Your bagels look exceptional. Bagels and baba ganoush go well together. Stay cool for the time being.

  8. You’ve been missed, Betsy. I knew you were doing fun things because of the photos you posted on Facebook. Thanks for doing that. Am very impressed with your bagels. I really liked this baba ganoush and shared with a friend who was having guests for the 4th of July weekend. They all liked it as well, asked for the recipe. I saved a bowl for myself and had no trouble enjoying the entire bowl with chips over a two day period! I hope things turn a bit cooler for you both. Is Howard still enjoying retirement?

  9. Oh my, those bagels look amazing! I read a couple of bagel recipes before, and was tired out just with the reading! Eggplant hummus was good though. Welcome back, July!

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