March 20th, 2012

yar

In which I do battle with a giant purple vegetable and win

I've always thought eggplants were beautiful, but been afraid of eating them. They feel weird when you squeeze them and had that aura of 'potentially a sweet mushy vegetable' about them, and I've found that offputting. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin, kumara and the like either. There's something about the texture combined with the sweetness that just doesn't work for me in what is supposed to be a savoury meal. It seemed to me that eggplant might be the same.

However, in the interest of continuing to expand my cooking horizons and because the latest box of couscous had a recipe on the back of it, I decided to overcome my eggplantphobia and have a go at cooking (and eating) one.

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The verdict? I think I quite like it. The prep is a bit of a pain but I suspect with practice I'd get better at it, and in terms of vegies that lend substance and variety of flavour to a meal, I'm sold. I've been trying to cook more meals without meat, so having another tasty vegie in my repertoire is a bonus.

This is your cue to post your favourite eggplant recipe because I can't rely on the couscous packet to keep supplying me with ideas, eh?

Meanwhile, yesterday I outed myself to my lecturer. He's now aware that this isn't my first go-round with drug policy issues. I'm not sure how I feel about that (I am afraid that it changes expectations) but I kind of knew I wouldn't be able to keep quiet for long. Ah well. Best be doing well at it then eh?