Happy Monday Comfort Food: Aubergine, Squash and Plum Casserole Sometimes there are moments of loneliness when you are fare away from home. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2 hours or 10 hours away, it’s only the feeling you can’t - just now - be with your family. What do you do in those situations? Right, eating comfort food! I always loved the iranian cuisine, especially warming stews with a lot of amazingly smelling spices. When I taste it and close my eyes I imagine myself sitting at the table with my parents enjoying a lovely prepared meal. Additionally, today it got cold here in Brussels so a warming dish is the right decision for many reasons! Here we go! [[MORE]] For 6 Mini-Cocottes (2-3 Persons) 1 Aubergine 1/2 Hokkaido-Squash 250 g minced lamb or beef 1 Carrot 1 Onion 1 Garlic clove 1 Tomato can 1 handful of dried plums 1-2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp curcuma 2 thym sprigs salt black pepper 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Cut the aubergines lengthways into 0.5cm slices, brush with olive oil and season and put them into a preheated grill pan. Bake both sides for about 3 Min. Meanwhile, put 2 tbsp olive oil into a large frying pan over a medium high heat and cook the onion until soft. Add the garlic, carrot and squash (finely chopped) cinnamon, curcuma and thym and cook for a further couple of minutes, then stir in the lamb. Turn up the heat slightly, and brown the lamb well, cooking until the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the tomato, bring to a simmer, and add chopped plums, then turn the heat down low and cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange an piece of aubergines in the base of the oven dish, and top with meat. Repeat these layers, then finish off with a layer of aubergine. Close the casseroles and bake for about 30 minutes.