Thursday, June 14, 2007

Let's Play Hide the Eggplant


I have come a long way since my childhood days when it comes to the variety of vegetables that I eat. Really, there is nothing I won't try at least once, but there are certainly vegetables that are at the bottom of my list, this includes olives (which I'm not even sure are considered a vegetable, probably not), raw onions, and eggplant. Of the three, I actually eat quite a bit of eggplant and really enjoy it .... the secret is hiding the taste of the eggplant. I guess we do this with a lot of cooking, adding spices to add to the flavor, but in the case of eggplant, this step is a must. Many vegetables I am happy just to eat raw, steam, or saute in a little olive oil. Who does that with eggplant though? Maybe I am just a weirdo.

Last night I made a recipe that John has been begging to have for some time now, Eggplant Curry from the Best Ever Vegetarian Cookbook. I haven't made any dishes from this cookbook since going vegan, many of them include dairy or eggs. For the curry I used about half the amount of eggplant called for, used fresh tomatoes instead of canned, added more mushrooms and also threw in some red pepper that I needed to get rid of. I served it over quinoa with steamed kale on the side, which went together quite nicely. This didn't really taste like a curry to me, it lacked any real heat, but we enjoyed it just the same. If I fix it again I will likely add more chili peppers or powder as well as some curry powder to kick it up a notch. And most important of all, I was successful in hiding the eggplant!

5 comments:

Amy said...

I love eggplant, but my b/f is always in charge of the curry (and he's not an eggplant lover), so there's never any eggplant in our curry. :(

I do make a mean pasta sauce with eggplant in it - I find that it needs a hefty amount of salt in it to add the flavour.

BTW - Love the blog!!!

KleoPatra said...

i read this post and nodded in agreement. i'm not an olive fan either nor do i like cilantro and as well i've never been big on eggplant (or zucchini). i laughed because have done what you do - hide it! Way to go on hiding it so successfully. Love yer blog, btw...

Mihl said...

May I come in to say that I am an eggplant addict? And eggplant curry is one of my favourite eggplant dishes...

Tamara said...

OK, I have a dirty mind. All I could think when I read your title was references to playing 'hide the salami' heh heh. Definitely not vegan!

bazu said...

This dish looks gorgeous- and like mihl, I'm an eggplant lover. Perhaps an eggplant addict. Every time I post an eggplant recipe on the blog, I'm afraid I can hear people groaning- "oh no, more eggplant?!"
I feel the way you do about eggplant about oatmeal- I'll eat it because I know it's good for me, but it's not my favorite, and it has to be made just right or- bleh.