Friday, February 8, 2013

When Artists Cook

 
I rarely cook with eggplant, but I think it is one of the most interesting vegetables around.


I had grand intentions of giving you some yummy eggplant recipes, but nobody in my house would eat them, so I thought I'd do something different and throw this one out to you.


Do you cook with eggplant?  If so, would you be willing to share your favorite recipe with me?  You can leave a comment and/or email me and I will feature your recipes on my blog...and if you illustrate it, I'll showcase your art as well.


This picture of an eggplant was done in watercolor pencil.


Thanks for checking in. xx

14 comments:

  1. I just love looking at your paintings in your book they are so vibrant and such a treat to see :) hugs Nikki

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  2. hehehe, you make me laugh Dion. I'm totally in the "what the hell do I do with this" boat with you! I'll be curious to see what recipes come in because I hear great things but have never really loved the veg, probably never had it well done.
    Beautiful eggplant art, hey, who needs a recipe, hehehe.

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  3. Sorry, Dion, I'm in the same boat as you. I am the only one who will eat it and that only depends on the way it's cooked. I like it on the dry side, not too mushy. :) Btw, beautiful watercolor!

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  4. dion, i'm not a cook, sorry. we eat out almost every meal. i think eggplants are pretty (especially yours :)) but i don't enjoy the taste. >.< so i don't have any awesome, incredible recipes to share with you. i know, i fail :(

    hehehehe!

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    1. No, you don't fail....eggplants are a challenge. Hugs xx

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  5. I know what not to do with an eggplant- don't grill it, at least the one I had. :) I don't have any recipes either, but I think they are really pretty.

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  6. We eat them all the time... I will hunt down some recipes for you and send them over... Moussaka... eggplant parmigiana... rolled eggplant stuffed with spinach and ricotta... so many delicious things... will get on it for you...xx

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  7. I’m more of a zucchini girl myself.......:) But I love your eggplant!

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  8. Dion, I got my prize! So excited!!! I made a little post about you :)

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    1. Beautiful post and beautiful blog...hugs my friend, you are a worthy winner. xx

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  9. I love eggplant, but since my husband doesn't like it, I only have it when I'm eating out, which we did today. We have a number of Chinese restaurants in town, but the best happens to be about 5 minutes away. Among other dishes, they do a delicious glazed fried eggplant, which I enjoyed while watching the colorful Chinese New Year celebration going on just outside the front window. It was yummy!

    (After we finished eating, we joined the crowd outside. Fun stuff: The students and instructors from a local martial arts academy put on the show, complete with authentic costumes, drums, dragon dance, foo dogs and martial arts routines that were part stylized fighting, part dance and part gymnastics.)

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  10. this page is quite lovely
    your colors so beautiful

    i have always liked eggplant parmesan
    or the dip babaganoush
    yum

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  11. I tuoi acquerelli sono semplicemente meravigliosi!
    Bellalullo

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  12. Dion,
    I've been cooking eggplant to my hearts' content lately, and I'm still not tired of it. To be honest, I only "discovered" it about a year ago, so everything's still kind of an experiment. One of our absolute favorite recipes is an eggplant lasagna - basically, slice eggplants in about 1/4"-thick slices, sauté quickly in oil, then use in place of pasta. Although my husband is a big meat eater, and I don't shy away from it, we typically don't bother with this dish. The eggplant offers a nice chewy texture that totally satisfies. We usually do a combo of mozzarella and ricotta cheese, tossed with salt & pepper, parsley and one egg. Put everything in a baking dish in layers, alternating with homemade tomato sauce with plenty of flavor. Bake 'til it bubbles, as everything has already been cooked. You MIGHT be able to get the skeptics to eat it. :)

    I'll send you another WAC post with some curry recipes. I've been loving on a couple diff. iterations of off-the-cuff curried eggplant this week.

    Bon appetit!
    Bethann at www.fruitrootleaf.com

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