E is for … Sweet Soy Asian Eggplant

E is for … Sweet Soy Asian Eggplant - Candy Coated Culinista

E is for … Sweet Soy Asian Eggplant – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 5-10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Sauce
• 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
• 2 tbsp soy sauce
• ½ tbsp granulated sugar
• 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• ¼ cup water
• Black pepper, to taste
• Tamarind spice, to taste
Eggplant
• 2 tbsp sesame oil
• 4 Asian eggplants, sliced into thick strips
• 5 cloves garlic, minced
• Green onion, as garnish optional

Assembly
1. Mix the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, water, salt and black pepper together in a small bowl and set aside.
2. In a cast iron skillet heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat.
3. When oil is hot add the eggplant, but don’t overcrowd and let brown turning over to ensure all side are golden and tender.
4. When the eggplants are almost browned add garlic.
5. Add in the sauce and reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer and reduce down until the eggplant has absorbed some of the sauce.
6. Plate the eggplants and pour the remaining sauce over top and serve.
7. Garnish with green onion if desired.

Tips
• Replace tamarind spice with red chilli flakes if unavailable.
• Serve with jasmine rice to make a completed vegetarian dish.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Honestly I always find eggplant to be mushy but even though in some areas like this; the flavours from the eggplants far outweighed my displeasure for mushy eggplant. This was so vibrant and flavourful I couldn’t resist.

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DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles – Candy Coated Culinista

I was in the arts & crafts store looking at the soap supplies and I couldn’t help but take a peek at the candle making supplies to my right and so it began. I wanted to try and make a few soy candles for stocking stuffers this Christmas. These were as simple as melting and pouring the wax and letting them set. The candles smell great and beside a few uneven tops, they still look like a candle and hopefully burn like one also. This is a fast, simple and creative stocking stuffers that comes from the heart.

Candles
Ingredients
• Soy Wax
• Sage Citrus Scent
• Warm Cookies Scent
• Pumpkin Spice Scent
• Caramel Latte Scent
• Christmas Tree Scent
• Pomegranate Scent
• Green Dye
• Caramel Dye
• Coral Dye

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