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.....