Phew. Summer used to be the slow time of the year, but this summer has been jam packed with activities and commitments. Nana and I decided to take turns for this week and next - she was out this week and I travel next week, so I experimented with the "Eggplant Caviar" without her expertise. Next week, she is up at bat :)
I am actually embarrassed to say that I have never tried caviar. But I have tried eggplant. I am not certain that the results of this dish resembled either, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was a bit of a "user error" on my part.
I got to this recipe late on Friday after a particularly
hectic week. Having only read over the recipe and
not the FF blog tips, I thought the dish seemed pretty
straight forward, so I asked my 17 year old to
run for the groceries at dinner time......on Friday !
He did a wonderful job, though it appears he focused
a bit too much on the "firm" portion of the eggplant
description and less on the "1 1/2 pounds each". I am
still not complaining because it was a real luxury
to have someone else run out for the items.
That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that my ratio
of eggplant to onion and tomato ended up making a difference.
The recipe was very easy. Thankfully :)
It was also fun to roast and then use only the inside
of the eggplant - I had not prepared one this way before.
The recipe smelled lovely and looked lovely (a bit of a
surprise given the color scheme involved....) and we
tested it on little toast crackers. My hubby said he
officially "liked" it....I think he was afraid I would not
make it again unless he made it clear that he enjoyed it.
But he did say that he tasted a bit too much of onion.
The kids were troopers again for Dorie, who gets them
to eat what they would not try for me alone.
They do not care for eggplant but willingly tried it
and declared that they "did not dislike it", but it
wasn't their favorite either. Given the fact that
they don't eat eggplant, I actually considered
this a victory.
We sent a "taste test" package over to Nana and
Grandpa, but they were not fans. It was still well worth
the trip next door to deliver them a sample, since now
we will be expecting a care package of the
"Cafe salle pleyel hamburgers" next week......
Happy French Friday ~