must make: smoky eggplant, soup and vanilla bean pudding

The unthinkable has happened. I can’t eat. No, I haven’t lost my appetite (never!), but I’m not able to eat at the moment. A minor oral surgery has me drinking only broth, juice and tea–not even a mushy noodle can cross my lips for days! Don’t even get me started on not being allowed to put wine in my sippy cup.

And not being able to eat even soft food has me, of course, daydreaming about soft food. As soon as I can manage it, I know I’ll be finding a way to make the mashed, smoky eggplant pictured above, without using charcoal (suggestions, anyone?) The recipe (and the picture) are from a new-to-me blog called Istanbul Eats and they’ve just started posting simple but mouth-watering recipes like this one.

There are two soups I can imagine being able to get down: my roasted onion and fennel soup is silky and still perfect for winter. And I can’t wait to try this curried lentil and apricot soup from the famed soup spot RaviSoups!

Plus this is the perfect excuse to make this vanilla bean pudding, which I’d pick over chocolate any day.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I ate a LOT in advance of this procedure to bring you as many posts as recipes as always. Next week will be a very unique week, in fact. I’m featuring recipes from an entire menu. It was a collaboration and a special meal that I have been wanting to share with you for months.