I wasted no time working on my 32 in 32 list. On the 11th, I went out and bought my first eggplant. I had to ask the guy at the veggie stand to show me how to know if it was ripe. In case you’re wondering, “The eggplant should feel squishy and it should spring back when you touch it.” “It should also feel heavy in your hand, and it’s preferable to pick an eggplant that still has the root cap in place.”
I asked all of my friends for recipes and advice on cooking eggplant. I was told to salt and soak my eggplant to get rid of the bitter taste. I made sure to do that. Several friends recommended recipes but a lot of them were fried. I don’t like fried food much, so I went on a search for an appealing recipe online. I found this one.
I followed all of the recipe instructions and this is a photo of the finished eggplant. I must say that I found the smell and feel of the eggplant unappealing while I was preparing it. I tried to keep an open mind, and when it was finished cooking I served it and took a photo.
I think this recipe was too spicy for my taste. That’s saying a lot because I LIKE spicy food. I liked the slight bit of crispiness, but when I bit into the eggplant it was too mushy and rather slimy. I also really, really didn’t like the seeds. I’m proud of myself for trying eggplant, but I don’t think it’ll make it’s way into my regular veggie rotation.
P.S. The kids didn’t like it either. Ronnie wouldn’t even try it. He said it looked gross.