Monday, July 18, 2011

Little Pots of Nightshade

The first eggplant of the summer. Sadly, not grown by me. I didn't harvest a single aubergine last year, from two feeble plants. So we decided not to put in vegetables at all this summer; the seedlings we got at the nursery are dying, stunted, still in their little plastic pots. Time for the compost heap.
Who cares? We are carefree!
We wanted eggplant because we love it this time of year, and because of all the fresh mozzarella we keep buying.
Cranky suggested eggplant parmiggiana, and he wouldn't let me cook. Wouldn't let me help. Wouldn't let me in the kitchen. Damn, I have created a monster. My sole contribution was to suggest he take a look at the A16 cookbook, where he got some very basic and good ideas.
Somehow, Cranky came up with the notion of piling his little stacks into individual ramekins for baking and serving. I love little dishes!
The bonus was that, because Cranky topped his stacks with a slice of fresh tomato, the juice that ran off was collected and mingled with cheese juice and eggplant juice.
A perfect last slurp.
Why would you want your eggplant any other way?

17 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

MY GOD, LONDON. WHAT A MESS.

Greg said...

What a great idea. I've always use shredded mozz. Why not fresh? I also like the photo effect you used. A pop art feel. Please tell me how you created it? Inquiring minds.

namastenancy said...

We should all have such a monster in our kitchens.

As for the nightmare in Washington DC, that's the real monster. Unfortunately, it's not in our kitchen, it's in our lives, bank accounts, jobs, housing..you name it.. it's destroying all within reach. I just can't fathom such idiocy and crass belligerence toward the USA, the country they claim to love. S*(5 - with love like that, who needs hatred.
OK, sorry. More political commentary than food appreciation.

bewitchingkitchen.com said...

Dear, at 4 ft 11 inches and a half, I MUST subscribe to the idea that anything in small portions must be awesome!

;-)

Loved the small pots of eggplant parmiggiana!

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: What I used is probably not PC compatible (it's called Effects), so I collected a set of fun places for you to experiment with:
http://www.photovisi.com/
http://www.picnik.com/
http://pixenate.com/index.pl
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/photo-editing.php
http://www.photofunia.com/
I hope you can find something to use!

Nancy: He's out of control. He does the dishes, too.
Why does America hate Americans?

Bewitch: That short? Even I'm taller than you. :)
Small pots... I collect them. Really.

Greg said...

Thank you!

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: I know. I kept you waiting, didn't I? You probably have a deadline. I hope there's something here that works for you.
You're welcome!

Zoomie said...

Yes, a shocking mess in London just now. So embarrassing for all except crusty old Rupert - I don't think he really cares.

Anything not to talk about eggplant...

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Ha ha! You are so funny. Glad to be your pal.

kudzu said...

How is it possible that you have two followers (bewitchingkitchen and me) who are under 5 feet tall? Maybe we didn't eat enough eggplant.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: In my estimation, you are both nine feet tall. Still, it is comforting to have dinky pals, cuz I'm dinky too.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Why would I want my eggplant any other way? Because BABA, that's why :)
One day Mr Brown will cook me a dinner like that, one day :)

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Aha! I want the baba. We were sitting around wondering how else to enjoy the mellanzane, and I forgot about the ganoush.
I do like chunks of eggplant, though. Maybe also something Chinese.

kudzu said...

Chinese! A favorite is Strange Flavor Eggplant.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: I have Barbara Tropp's books! I will look that up. I love anything strange, as I'm sure you know.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Oooo yes, slow cooked in seasame oil & a little chilli, yummo.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Yes, like that!