Saturday, January 31, 2009


Ever since the big ice storm back in December, our local landscape has changed. There are great numbers of trees down, some of them cascaded one onto another, having fallen like dominoes. Each time we’ve headed out into the woods this winter to do some snowshoeing, it’s been a bit challenging. We’ve had to find new routes; overcome new obstacles, because subsequent snowstorms and ice storms and everything-in-between-storms have brought more branches and trees down.

This afternoon was sunny, a little breezy and very cold (16 F, -9 C). We had flurries and snow squalls last night which left us two inches of fresh powder. That fluffy snow rests over a good inch and a half or more of crusty, icy snow, which in turn is covering better than a foot of snow from earlier storms. Unfortunately, the icy layer completely trashed the baskets on my ski poles. Needless to say, today’s trek was sometimes quite a slog! We were only out for about an hour and a half and well bundled up, but it took ages for us to thaw out once we were back home. A little grilled eggplant, with baked pasta helped warm us up. Although the tossed salad and the pinot noir were chillier counterpoints!

The icy layer

Baskets? What baskets?

Big, beautiful birch down

At eye level


dancingmorganmouse said...

Did you apply the baked eggplant to the feet or did you use it to warm you from the inside?

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
Thanks for requesting clarification!
The grilled eggplant and baked pasta warmed us from the inside!
- Lee

Lailaa said...

Could have done with a pair of snowshoes myself today... Hugs, xx

Wendy said...

yay now I know exactly how you feel but its not quite as cold as that. The need for warming food is something I too understand. that sounds really great that pasta. love eggplant (or aubergine as I call it) or brinjal is its other name. how confusing

Pink Granite said...

Hi Lailaa & Wendy -
Hey, the folks from SNOWY London are checking in!
What great fun you've been having. And it seems as if you transplants are making the most of it, while the natives have been staying home!

Eggplant has become a staple around our house. I always liked it, but when I read Ilva's recipe it was a revelation to me and a revolution in my kitchen!
Here's the link to that recipe:

Ilva's eggplant recipe

The irony is, that I have never made that exact recipe, but have used it as inspiration over and over again!
- Lee

Sue said...

That's beautiful - I always love your winter wonderland pictures. And by the way - did you know that 'trek' is actually Dutch word? In old South African history, there was a great trek, which was basically a massive migration of the people via ox wagon...

Sue x

PS. Jake picked his first eggplant on Monday morning and we were going to make moussaka with it, but grilled sounds delicious. We had them in Greece, thinly sliced, dunked in batter, fried and served with tzatziki. Just the thought makes my mouth water!! Thanks for the recipe ;)

Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue -
No I didn't know that. Thanks!

It's funny you should mention Moussaka, because I had been thinking about making that the other day. The one we're most familiar with here is the layered Greek version. I need to look up a good recipe and give it a whirl.

Enjoy the eggplant - however you end up preparing it - Yum!
- Lee