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Eggplant

2016 January 07. Thursday.

Internet problems (!) : they don’t totally stop me from working but they make a good excuse, which is bad for productivity.

Names

Eggplant vs Squash

Eggplant:

Eggplant

Squash:

Squash

Eggplant is a species of nightshade and is usually purple (or white) and that shape. Squash is a genus that contains a bunch of stuff that we eat (zucchini, butternut, spaghetti, acorn…) but not eggplant.

Preparation

Eggplant can be kind of bitter if you just throw it in the pan. To remove bitter:

  1. peel eggplant (unless you are grilling or something else that might make your eggplant fall apart; then the skin holds things intact)
  2. chop your eggplant into disks
  3. lay them flat and sprinkle salt on all of them
  4. let sit for 20 minutes
  5. wipe off salt

Then cook like you would squash. An easy recommendation:

  1. get olive oil hot and drop in eggplant one layer thick
  2. add salt and garlic powder to taste
  3. keep cooking until it is really super cooked. Undercooked eggplant is awful!
  4. Mix in with marinara sauce and drop on spaghetti. Like meatballs!

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