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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Aubergines

I don't like aubergines.  In fact I really hate them.  I know I've told Mr Ayak this many times, so I don't know why he keeps bringing them home.

He bought some home ages ago..well it must have been quite a long time ago, because it was the last visit home he made before he came yesterday.

I try adding them to stews and casseroles.  I pretend they're not aubergines and hope that the taste of all the other ingredients will overpower them and I won't notice when I eat them.  But I do notice, and after one mouthful, the rest get pushed to the side of the plate.  I could try disguising them...Heiko made aubergine and chocolate jam (have a look at his blog for the recipe if it appeals to you) and even though I adore chocolate, I just can't bring myself to try making it.  I mostly give them to my neighbour because I wouldn't dream of throwing them away.

With the last lot that arrived, I made a moussaka and put it in the freezer...where it stayed until Mr A arrived home in the early hours of Thursday morning to spend the day here.  I defrosted it and thought we could eat it before he returned to the hotel.  Unfortunately, we'd had breakfast, and a snack in Milas, and he had to return at 5.00pm so neither of us were hungry before he left.

I put it in the fridge but knew I would have to attempt to eat it today.  So I fished about in it and removed all the aubergine slices so that I could face eating what was left.  Whilst I was doing this, Beki was standing next to me in the kitchen with her nose in the air, hoping for a tidbit.  So I gave her a piece of aubergine.  She loved it.  Now I know for a fact that she will take something from my hand and eat it, but if I put it in her dish there's every likelihood that she won't touch it.  But I thought I'd try anyway, and she ate the whole lot!

I doubt if Mr Ayak will ever remember that I don't like aubergines.  He'll still keep bringing them home.  But at least I know what to do with them now!

22 comments:

  1. So you can still get pleasure from aubergines...watching the dog enjoy them!

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  2. Oh my! Is that what we call eggplant here?
    I make eggplant parmigiana..(sp)
    I peel and slice them, dip the slices in egg and flour and fry in olive oil. Them layer them in a baking dish or pan and pour spaghetti sauce over them, add some parmesan cheese and bake for a short while. They are awesome!!

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  3. um..marinara sauce......though I do use a spahgetti sauce on mine.

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  4. Fly: Yes I can...and she's generally such a picky dog!

    Charlotte Anne: I'm sure for every person who hates aubergines (eggplant to you of course) there is one who loves them!

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  5. I'm not keen either, although I'll eat them if I have to! We never grow them but always seem to get given loads, so last year I made some aubergine and tomato pickle - which is nice. I also bottled some stewed aubergines and these get added to curries and casseroles. If we get given any this year and I can't refuse, I think I shall have to try and pass them on!

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  6. why not slice them, let stand in salty water, drain. dry and fry them. eaten with garlicky yoğurt.

    or grill as a whole, peel, mash and blend with beshamel sauce - hünkar beğendi, eaten with tas kebabı!

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  7. Jan: I suppose I could try pickle...that may be a good way of using them and the vinegar would mask the taste.

    Anon: I have tried so many ways of preparing them, in the hope that I can be converted...but it's no good..I just can't stand them!

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  8. Omg Ayak u r so much like me, cept for one difference I buy them because I love the look of them and always say to myslf I will make something with them and I never do and I have to throw them away.... how wasteful of me. Today I may have to try one of the reciepes above. xx

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  9. I would imagine that aburgines are a pretty common/popular food in Turkey. I just love them, dipped in egg and bread crumbs and fried until brown...so good. I'm glad that Beki liked them, perhaps I should test some out on our Rowdy...but not this year as they are few and far between. I do not think I will be trying any with chocolate either. Have a great day and good luck with those abergines.:)

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  10. Bomb: Yes they do look lovely don't they? I love looking at them..but not eating!

    Mr H: I'm sure Rowdy will like them..Beki's really quite fussy so I was surprised that she ate them.

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  11. I love aubergines. I don't think they taste very strong. Maybe you were forced to eat them as a child and now the memory sticks with you?
    Glad the doggie likes them and that they won't be wasted ever again.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  12. Maggie: No..never had them as a child. I agree they don't have a strong taste. It's not just the taste I dislike, but the texture too...yuk!

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  13. Next time he brings them home, try slicing them lengthwise about a 1/2 inch thick place them on paper towels and salt. It will bring the bitter juices out. Then salt and pepper them and put them on the grill. Once you have done this you will place ricotta cheese and italien spices along the slice. Then roll up and put a tooth pick in it to keep it rolled. Cover with spagetti sauce and mozarella cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. Super yummy. Also very good as a salsa.

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  14. stick them in a curry, it kills the taste completely but pads out the curry well. I just slice them about 1cm width and stick them in. Get plenty of mushrooms in too and the textures match each other as well so you can really pretend your not eating aubergine!! (actually I really liek them but if I buy too many I pad out curries with them which is how I know a good balti knocks dead the taste it it!)

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  15. likeschocolate and Kelloggsville...and everyone:

    Thanks for your recipes and the attempts to try and convert me..I will try some of these out I promise. Can't guarantee it will work on me but at least the dog will eat what I don't!

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  16. Oh I adore aubergines but have to be careful how I cook them so I don't overdo the oil. I mix them up with mushrooms and pine nuts and make a kind of pate. It's yummy - but I don't expect you'd like it.

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  17. We call them eggplant, and I like eggplant parmesan, but I haven't found another way to truly enjoy them. They get a little too mushy for me. I think it is the parmesan and marinara sauce that I really enjoy in eggplant parmesan.

    -Brenda

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  18. Sense of Home...Brenda: Hi and welcome! I think it's the mushiness that puts me off really. I am picking up a few more ideas about how to disguise them in recipes in the hope that I can pretend they are something else. I have to admit they are good for bulking out dishes.

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  19. I'm not mad into them, but I don't mind them at all. We can make some nice curries out of them over here in India. My MIL likes them a lot...it is one of those vegetables which has grown on me.

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  20. gaelikaa...so many of them seem to turn up here that I sometimes think they ARE growing on me!

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  21. I love aubergines but only if they're well cooked and not too oily. At least Beki enjoyed them so they weren't wasted!

    I can't stand mushrooms, slimy horrible things although I know they add good taste, I just can't get around the texture.

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  22. FF: Sorry! I missed your comment when I was replying previously...the pate sounds interesting...although you're probably right about me not liking it!

    Piglet: Oh I love mushrooms. Isn't it strange how we all have such different tastes in food?

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