When Eggplant Meets Eggs

One of the largest compromises I needed to make with my husband, Daniel, again once we have been relationship was about eggplant. I noticed he hated it, so I averted cooking it for our collectively meals for years.

Whenever I used to be alone, although, I went all out on the eggplant entrance, stewing it down with olive oil, garlic and herbs right into a dun-colored mush that appeared suspect however tasted unbelievable. Sometimes I added peppers and tomatoes to make it purple and ratatouille-like. Sometimes I broiled it till it was burnished and the pores and skin crunchy.

Here, chunks of eggplant are cooked down with a great deal of spices, garlic, tomatoes and herbs.Credit…Christopher Simpson for The New York Times. Food Stylist; Simon Andrews.

In her great guide “Home Cooking,” Laurie Colwin wrote a complete chapter known as Alone within the Kitchen With an Eggplant, and her listing of bizarre mixtures impressed mine. She ate it each scorching and crisp and chilly and sludgy; with garlic and honey; with spaghetti; with tamari and lemon juice; with fried onions and Chinese plum sauce.

Somehow figuring out that there have been different folks of their kitchens with solitary eggplants made it really feel convivial and particular, quite than lonely and obsessive.

A favourite eggplant recipe of mine throughout that interval was to cook dinner chunks of it with a great deal of spices, garlic, tomatoes and herbs till every little thing was collapsed and silky, then add a number of eggs to the pan to poach, like a shakshuka.

The eggplant is cooked individually, then the tomatoes are added and cooked down till the combination turns into stewy.Credit…Christopher Simpson for The New York Times. Food Stylist; Simon Andrews.

This dish made sense to me on many ranges. Have you ever seen a white eggplant? When small and ovoid, it actually does appear to be an egg, or an egg sporting somewhat inexperienced hat, which is the calyx.

The culinary wordplay of mixing eggplant and eggs was pleasing to me, and I appreciated the best way the yolks broke right into a sauce over the savory greens within the pan.

Slivered almonds can be utilized instead of the pine nuts for the same crunch.Credit…Christopher Simpson for The New York Times. Food Stylist; Simon Andrews.

I in all probability ate extra eggplant after I met Daniel than I had in my total life earlier than. My craving pulled strongest when satisfaction was restricted.

Then, sooner or later after we moved in collectively, Daniel got here residence early and interrupted me and my eggplant and eggs, which he requested to share. Turns out I had misunderstood; he simply doesn’t like baba ghanouj.

Part of me was delighted. Finally, I may convey my eggplant creations out within the mild and savor them with the individual I beloved.

But I used to be additionally somewhat unhappy. Now that I had firm within the kitchen with my eggplant, it might by no means be fairly the identical.

Recipe: Spiced Eggplant and Tomatoes With Runny Eggs

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