September 21, 2011
I, on the other hand, absolutely adore Eggplant. It's perfect meatless dinner for me. I love any type of eggplant -- I have four dishes in particular that I make, a couple a little fiddly so I save making them for weekends and usually as a Saturday night meal. I want to preserve them here on SmartCooks. I will add more as time goes by so here we go...
Starting with four favourites...
1) Turkish Stuffed Eggplant (posted September 21, 2011)
3) Eggplant steaks (to follow)
But, before the recipes, a bit of context.
Eggplant is called other names but the one I see most often as a synonym is 'aubergine' which is the French expression. Like Husband, most North Americans knew little about it until a decade or two ago. Certainly, my mother NEVER bought it nor do I even remember seeing it at the London Market Mall. I think it was well into adult life here in Ottawa before I started to savour it. I probably first ate it as part of an Asian dinner.
Variety! Colour! Versatility!
It is a handsome vegetable. I kid you not! The purple Black Beauty (see left) is most widely available here around Ottawa especially in the staid one-size-fits-all supermarkets.
Sometimes, you can find the Purples globes in all shapes and sizes -- long, straight, curly, shiny, gleaming, waxen, twisted, and short. (Ten points if you know what song ... I'm humming it now.) (Hint: Hair)