September 20, 2012

Baby. Eggplant.

There are few things cuter than a baby eggplant. Except maybe puppies. And real babies, of course. Which is why I’m writing this post today.

I’m having one. A baby. Not an eggplant.

(And I think my heart just lept into my throat and my stomach as I wrote that sentence).

You see, in some ways, I’ve been keeping this little miracle a secret. Not really on purpose. But because if you saw me on the street, you would have no way of knowing that I was having a baby (and again: not an eggplant). So let me explain…

I won’t get into too much detail, but I’ll say this: Angels exist. Really, truly, seriously. And I am certain of this because I know two angels quite well.

Almost ten years ago, I started chemo and other aggressive measures to stay alive. And while you all know how that turned out – I survived, my kidneys did not, and now I write about food – there’s also another personal piece to the puzzle.

I was told that day that I most likely would not be able to have children. Neither bear them myself nor have them bare my genetic likeness. And that was just a reality – like all the others – that I accepted.

But let me remind you again: Angels exist.

Almost a decade later – as I built this website and my family and was reminded everyday that the impossible is always possible with a little creativity – my wonderful man friend and I decided to give it a shot. To try and see if we might be able to produce a loving being of our own ingredients, with the help of another. And that’s where these Angels entered our lives. And now, almost nine months later, yet another limitation seems like just a flickering thought in a bright future ahead.

So while I don’t have a filled belly, I feel so full.

I am reminded that the toughest journeys can take us to some of the most spectacular places. That, if you let them, hardships will set sail. Off to unexpected places and uncharted territory. And that all you have to do is just hang in for the ride.

So here’s what I want to leave you with:

First, no more secrets. These next few months will be wild, but I’ll do my best to post once a week – about eggplants, not babies. And if I seem absent, just know I’m attempting to change a diaper and I’ll be with you shortly.

Second, the cookbook is officially hitting stores at the end of January, 2013, so look forward to more exciting news as we gear up for the release. And again, if I seem absent, just know I’m attempting to change a diaper while coordinating PR efforts, and I’l be with you shortly.

And third, if all this baby eggplant talk has you hungry, check out this baba ganoush recipe or any of these ideas from Saveur for some purple inspiration.

And as always, live on.


waiwa September 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

congrats SG! You are going to be the best mom ever!

cynthia September 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

Outstanding news, Sodium Sister! Congratulations! You will make a great eggplant — I mean, mother!

A long time reader sending heartiest congratulations!

Cynthia B.

cynthia September 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

Outstanding news, Sodium Sister! Congratulations! You will make a great eggplant — I mean, mother!

A long time reader sending heartiest congratulations!

Cynthia B.

Sean September 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

OMG. OMG! And yeah, please don’t have an eggplant. Unless it’s for lunch.

Jess September 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

YES. Congrats again.

lolabean September 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

A agree with Waiwa and I bet her dad is going to be pretty great too!

Maggie September 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

Congratulations. Would love to hear more if you’re feeling up to sharing 🙂 I’m a birth mom, currently at 22 weeks pregnant. I know what it’s like to help create a family… What a magical time for you, to get to enjoy a new little baby. Congrats again.

sholly September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Fabulous news!! What a wonderful world. You should paint the nursery eggplant!

Viv Jackson September 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

a hearty, heartfelt ‘hooray!’ from your British fans; it’s lovely news.

Lindsay September 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Congratulations! This is so awesome!

Patti September 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

New reader, enjoy your site and recipes. I have Meniere’s rather than kidney issues but very salt restricted. Congrats on your great news and keep us posted.

Susan September 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations!

Jenn September 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Absolutely fantastic (and VERY inspiring) news! Congratulations!!!

Pat September 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

What wonderful news! Congrats. Please do keep us posted! I was thinking of you this week and wondered if you might have restaurant recommendations in the San Francisco area? My daughter will be getting her Ph.D next year and we will be taking a trip down to help her celebrate. And next month we will be celebrating the addition of our new grandchild (different daughter) to our family. Hooray for babies! No rush on the restaurant referrals.

jessg23 September 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thank you all for your warm wishes!

Pat — what kind of food are you looking to eat in SF? Check out my Yelp (in the side bar) for some recommendations and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, let me know! Congrats to your daughters!

Lisa September 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm


Sharon September 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

OhmyGosh! I just leaped out of my seat (yeah…I got some strange looks here in my favorite cafe!) I can’t tell yo u how happy I am for you! You’re right…there’re angels do exist!

Marianne September 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Reading this wonderful story made my day. Congratulations to you and your beloved and your families.

ilysse September 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

I am so happy for you! Wishing you a Healthy, Happy, Baby! What a lucky child, who will enjoy a tasty and Healthy way of eating! Warmest Wishes!!!

Emily September 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

That is so exciting, Congratulations!

Oui, Chef September 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

WOW…good for you and congratulations to you both!

Syroscook October 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’m new to low-sodium cooking and am glad to find your blog. And congratulations, by the way, since I seem to have found you at an exciting time. When you have time, I have a question whether you are also keeping track of your potassium intake. My husband was recently diagnosed with heart failure and put on a very-low sodium diet. That seems doable in comparison to the low low potassium diet that he’s on in addition because of acute kidney injury (caused by the heart disease). We’re hoping the potassium limitation will be short-lived but it’s tough to put it all together right now. Thanks!

kale October 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

congratulations on your baby eggplant! 😉
a wonderful post with wonderful news… enjoy this miracle, and keep sharing!

Tammie Grey October 27, 2012 at 12:44 am

eager to see pictures of your baby soon

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 6:50 am

Congratulations – there is nothing more amazing in this world than having a baby you can call your own!

ilysse November 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

So wonderful to hear of your great news! This will be one healthy child, with such a knowledgeable mom!

anneliesz December 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

Fantastic news. Here’s to babies and eggplants. Congrats!

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