8.17.2014

mini-garden update: the eggplant arrives


I grew this! It's eight inches long, and three more are on the way.

What's ordinary to you veteran gardeners is still miraculous to me. Gardening on a small scale is easy, fun, and very rewarding.

Next stop, eggplant recipes.

12 comments:

johngoldfine said...

I split them in half, or quarters if large enough, marinade them for a few minutes in a commercial Caesar vinaigrette (Newman's Own currently), and broil until soft.

This year I'm growing Shumway's Fairy Tale Dwarf eggplants, very pretty, very tasty.

http://www.rhshumway.com/dp.asp?pID=02277&c=159&p=Fairy+Tale+Eggplant

laura k said...

That sounds good. I sliced this one and marinated it in honey, soy, garlic, and lime (my standard marinade) and sauteed it. It was OK but I'd like to do better.

karen said...

I'm not crazy about eating eggplant, but I think they are so beautiful.
Also, one of my favorite books is a collection of essays about cooking and eating alone called, "Alone in The Kitchen With an Eggplant."

laura k said...

I do like eating eggplant, but I still think they look better than they taste! They are beautiful, and there are so many varieties. I love to see them in markets.

I looked up that title online, it looks terrific.

karen said...

I have been thinking about eggplants since I read your post and I remembered a delicious eggplant thing I had in a restaurant once. It was slices of eggplant, breaded and deep-fried (deep fried is my kryptonite- I always say I would eat my workboots if you breaded and deep fried them), rolled up and stuffed with goat cheese, and then served with a little bit of marinara. It was amazing.

Also I embarrassed a friend years ago by fondling a perfect eggplant in the grocery store.

laura k said...

Karin, that is called eggplant rollantini, and when it is prepared well, it is heavenly! The eggplant doesn't even have to be deep-fried. Pan-fried will do.

laura k said...

I also love and crave fried foods, although I very rarely eat any.

Kryptonite, I'd have to say mine is potatoes. Like your fried boots, I am fond of noting, "I've never met a potato I didn't like."

laura k said...

The internet tells me I spelled that wrong: rollatini.

karen said...

Mmm. I just looked that up and I will have to try it. The version I had was an appetizer, just a single small, fairly thin slice and the goat cheese was herbed in some way. The tomato sauce was really heavenly. Alas, that restaurant is no more.

I'm happy to know it exists in some non-fried way. I don't eat much fried food anymore either, though I still want to. But I think I could live the rest of my life quite happily without potatoes.

allan said...

I think I could live the rest of my life quite happily without potatoes.

A comment like that could get you banned!

karen said...

"A comment like that could get you banned!"
Eek! I take it back!
Although, if I don't eat potatoes, that leaves more for you...

laura k said...

:-)