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Here is Aurora at Waikiki
Beach, Honolulu and
the gentleman is Duke
Kahanamoku, the father
SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
"The place God calls you to
is the place where your deep
gladness and the world's
deep hunger meet."
2 large eggplants
3 large zucchinis
500g sweet potato
1 red onion
3 x 400g tins diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup cooked spinach
(or 200g thawed frozen spinach)
(and a little extra to season)
Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Slice and salt the eggplants and rest for
half an hour, then wash in cool water to
remove all salt.
Thinly slice the zucchinis leng thways. Grill,
fr y or barbecue the eggplant and zucchini
slices on a lightly oiled surface until
golden brown on each side.
Peel the sweet potato. Slice finely
into 3mm rounds using a sharp knife
or mandolin. Place the pieces flat on a
lightly oiled oven tr ay. Repeat for red
onion, season to taste and bake sweet
potato and red onion at 160°C for
approximately 15 minutes until soft in
the centr e and slightly coloured around
To make a quick and easy passata, place
the diced tomatoes in a saucepan on
medium heat and bring to a simmer.
EGGPLANT VEGETABLE LASAGNE
Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter
St Newcastle West, 8.30am-2.00pm,
Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
A healthy, hearty dish packed full of goodness ! This meat-free and pasta-free vegetable
lasagne is gluten-free, perfect for vegetarians and can be ser ved in smaller portions to
accompany a main dish such as fish, chicken, beef or lamb.
Season with salt, pepper, a slug of olive
oil and 1 teaspoon sugar. Simmer for 15
minutes until thick and slightly r educed.
To make the seasoned ricotta mix , mix
the ricotta with the cooked, cooled
spinach (or 200g thawed frozen spinach),
par mesan and cream and season with
salt and pepper to taste.
Pr eheat the oven to 150°C. Layer the
base of a 20 x 30cm ceramic baking dish
with eggplant slices , ensuring ma ximum
cover age without overlapping a great
deal. Sprinkle with dried oregano.
Spread a thin layer of passata then
sprinkle with a thin layer of finely grated
Add a layer of the zucchini slices, sprinkle
with a pinch of oregano and spread
passata over the top.
Next layer the eggplant again and top
with a thin layer of the ricotta mix,
spreading out to cover the whole sur face.
Add a layer of sweet potato and top
with passata. Repeat alternating layering
process , finishing with a final layer of
eggplant and pinch of oregano.
Cover the top of the baking dish with
baking paper then foil and cook in the
preheated oven for 40 minutes.
Allow lasagne to rest and set a little
before cutting to ser ve.
Serve on a thin bed of warm passata
with a green salad on the side or cut as a
smaller por tion and ser ve as a side dish
to your main.
BY TRACEY EDSTEIN
Geraldine Doogue's The Climb is a book
by an accomplished woman, about
accomplished women, but it is no more a
book for women than for men.
Acclaimed broadcaster, Doogue has
inter viewed 14 women of power, each
of whom has responsibility for others in
Austr alian business, gover nment, public
ser vice and (in one case) the Church,
to tease out the qualities, experiences,
skills and je ne sais quoi that contribute
to leader ship. She cites as one motivator,
a conversation with Julia Gillard (then
deputy prime minister) in which Gillard
said, "At the end of the day, when I go
home and pull up the drawbridge, I want
to be able to recognise myself."
Doogue strongly believes , "Highlighting
narratives of success can be a power ful
motivator of other s" and her subjects are
varied and engaging. Complementing the
14 stories is a chapter in which nine male
leader s, "each of whom I respect", offer
their per spective on women as leaders.
The warm and spirited voice of Doogue
shines through and so often, she asks the
question or ar ticulates the response that
was in my mind as I read.
Doogue tells the story of Ma x Walsh,
when editor of the fledgling Australian
Financial Review, being given authority to
appoint jour nalists differently. "So he did
just that, happily appointing mavericks,
Catholics, ambitious women and people
who were prepared to freelance. .." The
subject of the chapter titled, "Authority
of a Different Kind", fits all of these
categories except one. Sr Hilda Scott osb
of the Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo is
very clear that she is not ambitious; "The
truth for me is that I don't want to be a
leader. . .I just want to be a good monk."
However, lead she does, with "the yield of
consciously including obedience, humility,
abandonment to a transcendent power,
the dignity of work and routine, and
above all, God in her life." This chapter
nicely counteracts the stories of women
whose journeys are necessarily
The Climb is cer tainly a good read and for
those aspiring to or practising leader ship,
it provides painless mentoring. The
chapter s can really be read independently
or in any sequence -- an advantage for
busy women (and men) on 'the climb' !
The Climb is published by Text, 2014.
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