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Aubergine

Postby Pepper Pig » Fri May 29, 2020 1:24 pm

I do love them and have yert to find a way I don't. OH dislikes them (of course)! but I am resolved that for the rest of lockdown I am going to cook separately for the pair of us. (Thank you to WFF as well). So please lend me your favourite aubergine recipes, preferably with "it" as the star. I have already partaken of Delia's stuffed ones this week.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/ital ... berg_67092

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Re: Aubergine

Postby liketocook » Fri May 29, 2020 1:59 pm

Aubergine fritters with honey are gorgeous. Nigel Slater's recipe is a good one, we usually sub the sheep's cheese with goat's cheese or feta or leave the cheese out all together if making tapas. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... e-fritters

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Pepper Pig » Fri May 29, 2020 2:06 pm

Thanks ltc, looks good. Saved! I can’t do goat cheese but love sheep’s so will get some in.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Badger's Mate » Fri May 29, 2020 2:24 pm

So many

Melanzane Parmigiana
Imam bayildi
Caponata
Baba ganoush
Baingan achari - Madhur Jaffrey recipe from the BBC book
Spicy braised aubergines - Ken Hom from the other BBC book
Fish fragrant aubergines - Fuchsia Dunlop

We eat more of them than usual at this time of year - the hungry gap - there's less home grown stuff that we feel we have to use up first.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby karadekoolaid » Fri May 29, 2020 2:39 pm

I´m always looking for new ways to cook aubergine. I find them so very versatile.
We had a lot of ideas last year on the subject:
http://sakkarin.co.uk/foodforum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4102&hilit=aubergines&start=20

Recently I made Baingan ka Salaan again. It´s a Hyderabadi dish with peanuts and coconut in the sauce. Truly delicious!
To give you an idea of how it´s made, here´s Va-Chef to talk you through it:
https://www.vahrehvah.com/baingan-ka-salan
I don´t put yoghurt in mine, and I also cheat by using peanut butter instead of whole nuts.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Amyw » Fri May 29, 2020 8:09 pm

This is a very nice vegetarian curry https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/hughfuck ... y-hugh/amp.

I think aubergine is a great substitute for meat in any curry . It’s really filling and good texture .

Ianinfrances moussaka is great too. https://www.souvigne.com/recipes/main030.htm

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Re: Aubergine

Postby scullion » Fri May 29, 2020 9:23 pm

they appear very heavily in my ratatouille.
i love baba ganoush.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby mistakened » Sat May 30, 2020 8:08 am

My post seconding Badger's Mate list seems to have got lost. I shall try some of the other recipes. By coincidence I am about to make Imam Bayildi for tonight

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Amber » Sat May 30, 2020 9:36 am

Have you tried Billy Bikers Tormented Eggplant, for the bbq. I first got it from mrmenu website many years ago. I have also frozen it. (a bit difficult with the cocktail sticks!)

ETA the basic recipe is very similar to Delias.
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... plant-1296

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Pepper Pig » Sat May 30, 2020 9:44 am

Thanks everyone, some nice ideas there. Yours looks very interesting Amber although we can’t use the BBQ any more as it is deemed too dangerous if OH is having a bad day. I’m sure it can be adapted though.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Pepper Pig » Sat May 30, 2020 2:31 pm

There’s a nice-looking aubergine salad in today’s Guardian too.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/m ... e-gem-peas

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Pampy » Sat May 30, 2020 3:03 pm

I first had aubergine many years ago and really disliked it so have never tried it since (they were fried in butter then sprinkled with icing sugar and served as a dessert). However, I caught a segment on this morning's Saturday Kitchen which showed a chef deep frying thinish slices in what looked like a batter or coating of some kind. They looked as though they could be quite appetising so I must search for the recipe and give them another go.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby halfateabag » Sat May 30, 2020 3:13 pm

This recipe https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/miso ... with_01293 was the reason I bought miso and very good it was too. I did not serve it with noodles because we just had a quarter each with some garlic bread as a starter. He has asked for it again soon....

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Lusciouslush » Sat May 30, 2020 3:22 pm

Pampy wrote:(they were fried in butter then sprinkled with icing sugar and served as a dessert).


I'm not surprised that put you off for life Pampy :vomit

I sometimes do spiced thinly sliced aubergine in a salad, they're like sponges & soak up any flavour you put with them, so I marinade them first in chilli, tamarind paste, honey, garlic, cumin toasted & crushed - then roasted - good with chickpeas/ feta/red onion & rocket.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Pampy » Sat May 30, 2020 3:58 pm

That sounds nice Lush - I'll try that too.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Renee » Sun May 31, 2020 12:00 am

I love that miso recipe, halfateabag!

One recipe that I've been making recently, is to microwave a whole aubergine for two minutes. Cut through lengthways and then make criss cross cuts in the aubergine flesh. I then spread Mak Tok Malaysian chilli paste, mixed with a small amount of soy sauce and 5 spice powder, over the surface and grill using my halogen oven for about 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe:

https://www.maktok.com/2020/04/20/spicy ... aubergine/

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Re: Aubergine

Postby karadekoolaid » Sun May 31, 2020 2:36 am

they were fried in butter then sprinkled with icing sugar and served as a dessert).


My Goodness! Who on EARTH could have invented something so gross? :gonzo :gonzo

I had some aubergine slices, lightly battered and deep-fried, and served with honey. In a Tapas bar in Barcelona.
And my wife´s cousin used to make a conserve of aubergine strips preserved in raw sugar.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Sakkarin » Sun May 31, 2020 12:51 pm

I had some pork mince and an aubergine to use up the other day, so made a potato and aubergine moussaka. Very tasty, although not quite as tasty as the real thing! Still got half the aubergine in the fridge.

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Badger's Mate » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:29 am

How could I have forgotten moussaka?

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Re: Aubergine

Postby Rainbow » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:42 am

Sakkarin wrote:I had some pork mince and an aubergine to use up the other day, so made a potato and aubergine moussaka. Very tasty, although not quite as tasty as the real thing! Still got half the aubergine in the fridge.

Not sure why that wasn't the 'real thing' Sakkarin. My Greek friend's mother makes moussaka with potato instead of aubergine and she's a traditional sort of cook.
Or was it the pork mince? I always make vegetarian versions so don't know about the meat component!!

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