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A new veggie discovery

Saturday, February 23, 2013

This morning, I picked up a basket of fruits and veggies from a Co-Op I occasionally order from. I received all sorts of good things – and a few I had never purchased before. Today I received a fresh pineapple, 5+ pounds of potatoes, 2 leeks, 2 Japanese eggplants, apples, oranges, grapefruit, some small blood oranges, lettuce, broccoli, bananas, and carrots (yellow and purple!). Considering that there are only two of us, I wondered how much of it I will end up throwing out because we could not eat it all…

Lunch was lightly browned ham sandwiches with sautéed onions and bell peppers (I needed to use these up), with an orange on the side. I made potato-leek soup with the leeks, some of the potatoes and a carrot and I will put it in the freezer. (I did have to have a small bowl to try it out.)

I looked at the other items and tried to figure out what was likely to go bad first, or what might get wasted. It had to be the eggplant. I have never cooked eggplant. I have never eaten eggplant. So I turned to my trusty Spark recipes and found:

I already had hamburger out for dinner, so I made meatloaf, corn and the eggplant. I figured if the eggplant did not work out, we could eat the meatloaf and corn by itself. Instead of the cayenne pepper, I used a Cajun spice I had, which turned out pretty well. I had made only one of the eggplants in case it did not turn out well, I would have a second chance with the other, but it turned out fairly good – and my husband even liked it and wanted more! I did slice them thinner as one comment suggested, and I salted them and let the slices stand for 30 minutes as recommended in another recipe (needed more for regular eggplant, since the Japanese is supposed to be less bitter, but I was playing it safe). I will probably cook the other one tomorrow, and add a bit of garlic powder.

I think it is time for an apple.....
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    That's really awesome! I had a terrible experience with eggplant years ago, where we bought one, but didn't use it for a month. It still looked/smelled fine, but once we cooked it - bleagh! We didn't realize how quickly they went bad. Only in the last year or two have I gotten brave enough to try eggplant again!
    2369 days ago
    I like eggplant but to many it is an acquired taste. Congrats on everything working out well!
    2370 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Glad the eggplant turned out well. I have never tried it myself....maybe one day I will.
    2371 days ago
    I haven't tried eggplant yet but am glad to see someone else trying it and liking it.
    2372 days ago
    Glad it went over well! A friend of mine raves about Bountiful Baskets and I've thought of trying them but have still to take the plunge. But it sounds like a good way to get good veggies and also to maybe try something you never have before.
    2372 days ago
  • MELLY3183
    woohoo!! This is why I quit doing the bountiful baskets, it was way too much. But i'm excited that you tried a new recipe. On here there are a few recipes involving eggplant that I enjoy:



    Have a great week Sunny!
    2372 days ago
    Your veggie basket sounds fabulous! I wish we had something like that near us. We've been juicing at least one meal a day since January and it's crazy how many veggies you can go through when you're drinking them. emoticon
    2372 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    We eat regular eggplant like this all the time. Sliced rounds, on a sprayed baking sheet, then spray the eggplant too lightly and sprinkle a dusting of breadcrumbs and seasoning on top, bake until done. I like mine with a splash of hot sauce - so yummy!! And great for you digestive system... emoticon
    2372 days ago
    I love eggplant a lot. That recipe looks really good.

    It's fun to try new things!
    2372 days ago
    I love eggplant, it's so tasty! And I didn't know there was such a thing as a purple carrot...interesting. Sounds like a wonderful box of veggies.
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