I have been playing with eggplant (aubergines), a vegetable with which I have a strained relationship. I love every dish I'm offered but rarely cook it myself, so here goes.
I’ve now done a Japanese-style eggplant in miso, a Madhur Jaffrey recipe with eggplant, apple and chilli, the Turkish eggplant dish that made the Imam faint it was so delicious, melanzane parmigiana and this good-looking moussaka.
The moussaka needed the minced lamb to be cooked with tomato, onion and cinnamon, the eggplant to be salted, drained and fried in olive oil, the béchamel to be prepared with milk and eggs, the cheese to be grated – all simple enough steps. Nonetheless I found I needed to spread the preparation of all the “bits” over a couple of days. The outcome was worth it but I was reminded of an observation made by friend, fellow chef and observer of gastronomy.
“Traditional cooking assumes there is someone who will spend all day making something. This is not as dire as it sounds because the ‘men folk’ know that it takes all day, they taste the nutmeg, they know they can only have zucchini flowers in certain seasons and they know that maybe that day the sheets have not been taken to the river to be washed. Only if you have an appreciative audience will traditional cooking survive." Rosa Matto
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15/1/2019 04:18:06 pm
This is one definitely to try. I love eggplant, though Anthony doesn't, which definitely cramps my cooking plans. I can just about get away with ratatouille ... he did approve of the eggplant dish at Parwana (afghan restaurant) which I thought was the best thing on the menu, so will try that one day, but this sounds yum. And you are so right - traditional cooking definitely takes time - think maybe you do a bit of this when you first get up, then that after breakfast, the other whilst preparing lunch, etc etc? Thank you for this, if it works out will be added to my go to list.
Anthony sounds a bit like me. I like them when I have them. But trust me, the eggplant is barely noticeable - he'll never know. The béchamel topping also ensures deliciousness.
15/1/2019 04:37:28 pm
Folks - broaden your horizons. Goat is probably the most-eaten meat in the world, and eggplant in its various forms would most likely be up there as a most-widel-eaten vegetable.
15/1/2019 09:13:42 pm
No, you have neglected as yet to make this for me!
3/2/2019 06:07:43 am
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