Eggplant Involtini with Ricotta and Scallions

I  forgot I had these nice eggplants I got from the farmers’ market until I saw them in my crisper drawer a week later. So, I needed to use them right away. For a quick weekday dinner, straight from Mario Batali’s “Molto Italiano“, I made this addictive dish (I had tomato sauce on hand from another dinner). ThinlyContinue reading “Eggplant Involtini with Ricotta and Scallions”

Eggplant Terrine, Panelle, Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes

  This eggplant terrine is the very first recipe in Marc Vetri’s book “il Viaggio di Vetri” and it looked so intriguing from the moment I read it. I’ve never really made proper vegetable terrines before, plenty of meat terrines of course, but not a vegetarian layered and molded terrine that holds together beautifully. Vegetarian versions are lots of times heldContinue reading “Eggplant Terrine, Panelle, Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes”

VDP: Basil Gnocchi with Eggplant Sauce

Thursday, August 13, 2008 Potato gnocchi can be lumpy, doughy, stodgy and heavy or they can be as they should be, soft fluffy pillows of goodness. I’ve made both types and learned from my mistakes. They key is to use cooked potatoes that are as dry as possible, to use as little flour as possibleContinue reading “VDP: Basil Gnocchi with Eggplant Sauce”

VDP: Stuffed Eggplant

Friday, August 1, 2008 This is one of those dishes that sounded much better that it turned out. It was not bad, per se, just ok. I envisioned a light but very flavorful dish of stuffed eggplant. I’ve had similar versions that included ground beef or sausage and it was delicious. This was a bitContinue reading “VDP: Stuffed Eggplant”

VDP: Asiah’s Eggplant Curry

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 I’ve never had an eggplant dish that I did not at least like and I doubt I will. IF I do, it will probably be due to pure execution or pure conception. I am sure it will in no way shape or form be the fault of this divine purple fruit.Continue reading “VDP: Asiah’s Eggplant Curry”

VDP: Ratatouille

Thursday, June 12, 2008 A year or so ago Ratatouille was just another obscure French dish and very few would recognize what it is and what it is made of. Now, thanks to the lovely Pixar film of the same name, even my 5-year old knows that it’s a vegetables stew. The word stew immediatelyContinue reading “VDP: Ratatouille”