Yesterday, I noticed that the interval between the times we eat meat has gotten longer. I mentioned this to Bob and he informed me that he could give it up completely, and never miss it at all. If I ever went that route, I would still eat seafood. And cheese. I have to enjoy a Mt Tam cheese now and then. This recipe for eggplant and potato stew was very good, and it allowed me to play with my new Penzey's herbs and spices. It calls for cumin seeds, bay leaf, garlic, fresh ginger root--but no meat. (I grew up in a house where eating stew always meant there was beef in it.) The smell of all the ingredients as they cooked in this meatless stew was wonderful. They permeated the entire house for hours, the best air freshener possible.