Saturday, August 19, 2023

Dadd Gulch and Food Delights

 A new day and a new week. The Boss took off up to Dadd Gulch to have a nice hike while I stayed back to defrost the fridge/freezer in preparation for tomorrow's trip into town for a food shop - a win-win in my opinion.

The Dadd Gulch hike like most trail hikes, can be long and strenuous or it can be as short and meandering as you like. He chose long and strenuous to start with but later opted to switch it back to a pleasant meander back down as the temps rose higher and higher.  Here a few shots from his hike.

This gulch is not all that far off the road but is sandwiched
in between the sides of the gulch so it seems quite secluded.

A rather narrow walking path winds along the route

He took a flower shot for me, and I guess these are cone flowers(?)

There are a few nice rock features to observe too, and a great leg-stretcher on a beautiful day.

How about that tree growing on top

Later in the week, after succumbing to the lure of an eggplant during our shop, I used the Ninja Foodie to prepare Eggplant Parmigiana with Italian Sausage. I use the air fryer setting to get the eggplant slices "baked", then bring them back inside to assemble with the sauce. I usually do 2 stacks of 2 slices each. This gives us 2 meals for 2 people, as we split a stack and serve with a nice side of spaghetti.

Assembled and ready to bake.

The finished product, oooey-gooey and delicious - YUM!
So easy to make in the Ninja, no propane used and all the heat stays outside.

And finally, here's a couple of new trivets I made up while sitting out in the yard and enjoying the hummingbirds at the feeder.

They're a awful lot of fun to design and stitch up. It keeps my hands busy and that I like!

Thanks for dropping by, and see you the next time.


  1. I am not sure I've ever had eggplant but I would like to try that dish!

    1. It's amazingly mild and just melds with the sauce. I also chop it up and saute it then add it to soups or stews to bulk them up.

  2. Eggplant Parmigiana is one of my favourite dishes!! Nice scenery where Ed went for his hike. Hope you can one day accompany him again.

    1. Thanks, me too, at least we get some auto-touring in together. I love to make a big batch of the Parm when we are home and freeze portions - it reheats well.

  3. The eggplant parmigiana looks wonderfully delicious! Your hike area looks so wonderful! Such a pretty place! I love your trivets! So colorful!

    1. Thank you, it is a fan favorite around here for sure. The trivets definitely fall into the fun category. Thanks for reading, I enjoy your blog as well!