This photo was taken on the morning of Puzzle’s ninth birthday, November 26, 2015, while on her daily run in the nearby field.
Puzzle has a new boyfriend, which seems to be more important to her than eating! She didn’t eat much recently, but as of a few days ago, decided she wanted to chow down after all. She is eating everything now, but turning her nose up at beef, and honestly, I don’t know why.
Today I gave her chicken for breakfast. Just now, she had muzzarella, carrots, and rice, sprinkled with a thin layer of pure de zappallo. I rarely give her cheese, but today, I did! Only a little, though.
I am celebrating Puzzle’s birthday by having something I’ve never eaten before. i made Fried Zappallito and Eggplant. I didn’t even bother looking up a recipe. In honor of Non-Compliance Day, I invented my own.
Peel half a zappallito. slice it up into chunks. Also, slice up a small section of eggplant. It’s not necessary to peel it.
Then, crack open a raw egg and beat it in a separate bowl. Either pour some of the egg over the veggies, or dump the veggies into the beaten egg. Mush this around until all is coated.
Melt a small amount of coconut oil in a pan.
Roll the coated veggies in harina de garbanzo. Sprinkle with ground cayenne pepper.
Slice up a few thin slices of fresh onion. Chop up a clove of garlic as well.
Cook the veggies in the coconut oil until you are sure the bottom is brown, then, remove from heat and flip the whole thing over. Top with onions and garlic.
Finely chop some fresh basil.
Now, cover and remove from the heat.
In an ungreased cast iron pan, toast a spoonful of sesame seeds. Keep the pan covered. Once they start popping, remove from heat and set aside.
Coat the entire veggie mixture with tomato sauce and cook some more. Add the fresh basil, cover and remove from the heat.
Wait a bit, then pour the whole mixture into a serving dish. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
Enjoy! Eat it yourself, don’t give it to your dog!
If I were to do this over, I’d have doubled the garlic. In addition to the sesame I might have topped it with shredded cheese. However, Puzzle ate the cheese first.
¡Feliz Cumpliaños, Puzzle!