First Food Experiences – Eggplant
July 24, 2017 12:13pm CST
It's great when you work at a job and the whole crew likes to go out for lunch together. At one of my old jobs, in the Accounting Department, our team consisted of about 10 people. Yeah. Back then we were just converting to computerized record keeping, so we needed that many people to prepare financial reports. At any rate, about once or twice a month, our boss would shut down the office for an hour or hour and a half, and let us all go out to lunch together. One day somebody suggested “Let's do Italian!” So we found this nice Italian restaurant and I thought to myself, I'm going to try something I've never tried. On the menu was Eggplant Parmigiana (or eggplant parmesan). That's what I ordered and I was not disappointed. The lunch was fantastic! These days, I'm on the hunt for more eggplant recipes and different ways to eat this purple veggie. Eating more purple vegetable is all of a sudden a nutrition trend. [i]Everybody's supposed to be adding purple veggies to their diet. They say "purple is the 'new green'". (Whatever! I'm not giving up my green leafy veggies. The purple veggie is just going to have to share the plate with my kale, collards and cabbage. ) OK. Getting to the real point of this discussion. There are lots of recipes for cooked eggplant. But another nutrition trend is aimed at getting people to eat more raw foods. (UUUGGG!! Don't these expert nutritionists have anything better to do than tell me how to eat right!! :) ) This question is actually inspired by Michael Franks, a smooth jazz vocalist, who sings this romantic song about how his baby cooks her “eggplant”. :D One of the lines in this song says that sometimes he has his eggplant raw with mayonnaise. Yes! I know the song is suggestive and it's not really talking about an eggplant! But I'm curious. Have you ever eaten raw eggplant? If so, how did you prepare it? If you have a eggplant recipe that's to die for, please share.
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I love fried eggplant (breaded or not) dip in soy sauce with lemon and chili too
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• Austin, Texas
OK! So I'm starting think raw eggplant is probably not too good. I remember the TV chef Lidia Bastianich saying to soak them in salted water because they can be bitter. When you do a curry dish do you soak the eggplant first? My husband loves curry! Maybe I can get him to try eggplant that way.
• United States
I have never eaten raw eggplant, unless a restaurant slipped it into a salad I ordered. I do not think I could even recognize pieces of raw eggplant. I have never cooked anything with eggplant. I have never purchased eggplant, I suppose because my mother never cooked with it.
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