Sunday, July 26

Behold, the much-maligned aubergine!

Thanks to those of you who have expressed condolences or amusement at my last post. The job has actually been quite fun, and I'll be sad to say goodbye to all the friends I've made over the last month. C'est la vie...
Now to the pressing issue.
Aubergines.
Brinjals.
Nightshades. (women screaming)
No, these are not villains, X-Men characters, or video games. (Though if you happen to find Nightshade for PS2, I've heard it's a disappointing game.) The nightshade is actually a nickname for the name of the plant family Solanaceae, and aubergine and brinjal are common names for this often-not-well-received culinary item.
Ladies and gentlement: the EGGPLANT.

You've gotta admit. This guy's cute.
While searching through coupons the other day (a fully-developed habit over the last few months), Angie found the Sunflower Market ads, on which we found a coupon for $0.55 eggplants. Since I am a devoted fan of Eggplant Parmigiana, we decided to pick up a couple. Then, upon reading the recipes for my beloved Italian dish, we decided to leave the eggplant alone until something a bit more...ahem...healthy.
We found this recipe in the Wok recipe book sold at Ikea. It's called Sweet Garlic Eggplant, and the moment we saw it, we knew it was our recipe. Well, at least I knew it was our recipe. Here's a legal version I found online, basically the same thing (but add 1/2 chopped onion, and it's 6 Tbsp brown sugar, not caster). Actually, who am I kidding? I don't even know the legality of posting copyrighted recipes online.
(I could only find the Pasta cookbook image on the internet. Imagine it's blue. And says Wok.)
So, last night, during Angie's second headache during our entire relationship, I made the eggplant in the wok. And it was DELICIOUS!! Who knew eggplant could be so good?!? And what's all this information about eggplant being gross and all that I was flooded with as a child? Not to any parent's fault - I think it was just society in general. (Except that one video game, remember Ben? With those eggplants that restored health? Yeah, that was a good one...) But I did do a bit of research last night on the vegetable (also known as aubergine or brinjal, and a nightshade like the tomato and potato), and found out a good bit of information.
  • Every 3.5 oz of eggplant contains only 20 calories.
  • The same amount contains 3.4g of dietary fiber (that explains something...)
  • Eggplants block the formation of free radicals.
  • They are richer in nicotine than any other edible plant.
    -Don't worry, it takes 20 lbs of eggplant to equal the nicotine of 1 cigarette.

So those of you who are unfortunately duped by the misinformed and still believe eggplant is gross and inedible and all that, give it a try. There are TONS of recipes online, and it's really good. It mostly absorbs the flavor of whatever it's cooked in, and it's very filling! Angie and I only ate 1/2 of what I made (1/4 each), much less than I thought. Angie said it filled her like chicken does. At a fraction of the cost!! :)
Either way, I'm an eggplant fan. And I'm spreading the word. Enjoy!

6 comments:

Dad said...

Anthony
You were raised by a father who has always liked eggplant.

Bradley said...

Angie told me several times that she hates polenta, but check this one out:

http://culinarious.blogspot.com/2008/08/chicken-eggplant-and-polenta-with.html

Ben ;-) said...

The eggplant in that video game actually lowered your health, Anthony, since it fooled you into eating it. Another instance of the vicious bigotries held against such an exemplary vegetable.

mom said...

Eggplant?...yuck! Sorry, I am from the old school. I never buy the thing but will tolerate Dad and whoever to eat all they want at the restaurants. I think they look like a polish old shoe and even that might taste better.
Love you anyhow you eggplant lovers.

Tian Tian said...

Oh, Brad beat me to it but I was going to comment about polenta. But I am happy to know I can start using eggplant in place of nicorette gum.
Let's hang out. Occasional stalking at Walmart is not enough!!!

Jess said...

I miss you guys. Why don't y'all roadtrip with Ben when he moves to Tally? I could use a big helping of friends right now. :)

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