About lemony millet with vegetables, unstuffed aubergines and someone who feels responsible for everything, and I mean everything!

Three weeks ago, my sister was with me in Munich. There were a couple of meals that I cooked for us that I wanted to tell you about, mainly because of some modifications I made to previous recipes I already posted.

Meal 1:

Pearl millet with vegetables and lemon – A great wholesome and tasty dish to enjoy on its own or with a side dish.

The basic recipe goes something like this:

Chop up vegetables of your choice. Splutter some mustard seeds in oil. Add the veggies. Sauté and add a couple of cups of water. Add salt and turmeric and bring to a boil. Add a cup of millet and let simmer on low heat covered, until millet is tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Add lemon juice to taste and fresh herbs, finely chopped. Chillies are optional. This recipe will serve two people.

Aubergines/eggplants slow roasted with stuffing spices

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This is basically the recipe here, except that I did not make the stuffing and stuff the eggplants. I had two large eggplants which I cut into large chunks. I fried some peanuts, whole and powdered cumin, whole coriander, and then sautéed some finely chopped onions. Then I added the cubes of eggplant. Seasoned with salt, hot paprika and plenty of dried mango powder, but you can also use lemon. Cover and cook as usual. Yum!

Raita a simple whipped and spiced yogurt sauce with chopped cucumbers

Vegetable crudités which I usually serve with a meal because someone in the family likes fresh veggies but not if they are all mixed into a salad. All of us have been informed about the “mystery meat” in sausages. But apparently there is a memo about “mystery vegetables” in salads. We shall not mention who he is.

Incidentally whenever my husband and I talk about someone and mention the word “he”, our son immediately pipes up, “Who ME?” Doesn’t matter whom we are talking about, for some reason he has it in his head that if we are talking about a “he” then it has to be him. Even if we say things like, “he quit his job because of that controversy,” or “he made quite a headline with that kind of a speech”. In response, our son adds a mystified note to his “Who ME?”

Sometimes I am tempted to reply, “Yes you!” in a suitably accusatory tone, just to see what he has to say in his defence.