December 27, 2012
Author: Ronna Dell Valle and Sharon Mason
My mother-in-law, of blessed memory, came to live with Reuben and myself when we had been married a year. She was a dear, sweet woman and we got along famously. She worked, as did I, until our first daughter was born a year later. Mom graciously offered her services as babysitter and we got to go out frequently. This particular Sunday, Mom suggested that she make us Sunday dinner. She made what I later learned was Gvetch. I was very angry with her. “Mom, why did you wait until you were living with us three years before making this delicious dish? I’m angry with you for not having made it long before this day.” Mom received this recipe from a Romanian lady; but, I think it is from the Middle East.
1 medium size eggplant, peeled, sliced and cut into one inch cubes
1 cup rice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup diced onions
4 ribs celery cut into one inch pieces
4 carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup water
1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted, at room temperature
Place all ingredients, except peas, into a roasting pan and mix together. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour or until ingredients are soft. Mix every twenty minutes to prevent rice from sticking to the pan. You may need to add a bit more boiling water when stirring the dish if it seems to be too dry. Add defrosted peas before serving the dish. May be used as a main dish with a salad or used as a side dish with meat, chicken or fish. Salt and pepper to your own taste. Enjoy!!