Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Difference Between Eggplant and Snot

Q: What's the difference between eggplant and snot?
A: Kids will eat their snot.

I can't believe I just told that awful joke. It's completely out of character for me. Really. San Geraldo, I'm sure, will be in shock (not because it bothers him, but because he won't be able to believe I told it). Of course, there's always the possibility San Geraldo won't even get the joke.

And that opening will certainly make the rest of this post (on eggplant) so much less appetizing. Sorry. But sometimes the inner child just screams and screams until I let him out. (He's never gotten quite this far.)

San Geraldo prepared eggplant last night that, yes, even kids would like. He found the recipe, Poor Man's Steak, online at eatingwell.com. We both think it's the best eggplant dish we've ever had. We had some leftovers with our lunch salad this afternoon. Delicious cold a day later, too. If you're interested in the recipe, click here.

IN VERY GOOD TASTE.

Since the opening joke was so disgusting, I had considered using instead another eggplant joke I know.

Q: What water produces the best eggplant?
A: Perspiration.

See why I chose disgusting?

37 comments:

  1. I think the first joke sums up my distaste for all things eggplant.

    And snot.

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  2. I introduced my man Nate to eggplant on Monday and he liked it!

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    1. Cubby:
      I love it, but this is the best. (Good boy, Nate!)

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    2. About that 'delicious' eggplant ....

      It WAS really edible, but it is not my favorite. Don't tell Cubby. Half of a great meal is the company you enjoy it with. Ssshhhhh.

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    3. Nate:
      Well, I will never tell Cubby.

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  3. When we were in Turkey I got my fill of eggplant, served at every meal. Still not a favorite although your recipe looks promising. Take care.

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    1. Stephen:
      This was different from other eggplant dishes I've had. Completely different texture and flavor. Might be the worth a try.

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  4. Gro-o-an....that was for the joke. But the recipe looks good, I am definitely going to try that. Eggplant parmesan is divine but very heavy on the calories. This looks like a delicious alternative. In fact I spent some time browsing that website and there are some excellent recipes to try. Thanks for the link! Good luck to San Geraldo, and lucky you living with such an excellent and adventurous cook!

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    1. Judith:
      I published this post really quickly so I wouldn't have a chance for second thoughts! San Geraldo is doing great and not suffering at all. I love eggplant parmesan but this is completely different. I think you'll love it.

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  5. And the prize for the best blog title of the day goes to you

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    1. And, John Gray, why did I think of you as I wrote it?

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  6. Love the title! Let it out Mitch!! lol

    I/we can't tolerate eggplant in any form I'm afraid. It's the texture that gets me! A tad on the slimy side.....just like......

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    1. Jim:
      If you really hate eggplant, I won't push this. But it isn't at all slimy. Totally different texture and nothing like the eggplant dishes you're used to.

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  7. Oi! Your inner child is as 'interesting' as mine I see...

    The recipe looks lovely, will definitely be giving it a try.

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    1. Jacquelineand....
      Do you make your inner child stay in her room? I highly recommend this dish.

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  8. My stomach used to turn over at the mention of eggplant, then one in a galaxy far away ~~~~~ I ate Moussaka, an incredible Moussaka and now I'm a convert.
    And, I don't have to eat my snot anymore.

    Ron

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  9. I'm going to try that! The recipe, not revisiting childhood habits. :) I keep seeing these beautiful eggplants at the farmer's market, and wondering what I would do with one if I got one. I've had so-so results with eggplants in the past--when I'm doing the cooking, anyway.

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    1. Michelle:
      Definitely try it (the eggplant, although revisiting childhood habits is not always a bad thing).

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  10. More yummy food thanks to San Geraldo's talents and good choices :)

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    1. Judeet:
      Yeah, I think I'll keep him around.

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  11. I thought that this sounded interesting, never having had egg plant (or, aubergine, as we say here) since my mum occasionally used to slice one, fry it and drop it in as an ingredient of the veg curries she used to make me. (Must be around 20 years last since.) Then I clicked on the recipe, with the usual result. "Bah! Too much palaver so I won't bother!" Still, you've now tickled my curiosity and I might now buy one, slice it up and fry it - and see what happens.

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    1. Raybeard:
      The sauce was a really nice addition. Maybe you could buy a jar sauce!

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  12. Methinks it is the filling rather than the vegetable itself. Whatever you can do to eggplant to make it have a taste is good. Personally I think any eggplant recipe should begin with, remove the slimy inside...

    We have, maybe it is worldwide, a thing called chokos. They are smaller but similarly uninteresting, only useful as a case to fill up.

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    1. Andrew:
      This recipe definitely works to "remove the slimy inside," which means the texture of the eggplant was really nice. And I loved the flavor even without the sauce. But my sense is it still wouldn't work for you.

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    2. I should have said, it makes the inside "unslimy" since it's not removed...

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  13. Thanks for your suggestion re adding ready-made sauce, Mitch. I've had another idea. Coat the slices in batter and THEN fry 'em. It would really stretch all my cooking 'skills' but it just might turn out to be an addition to the predictable weekly meals cycle.

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    1. Raybeard:
      Well, coating and frying I think defeats the purpose. Besides, if you're chef enough to batter and fry (which impressed me no end), you're chef enough to do it per the recipe.

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  14. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that eggplant is one of my favorite foods.... fried, baked... it's all good. I'll try that recipe for sure. As for the snot... I think okra wins the "prize" for that.

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    1. Sharon:
      I love eggplant and am not embarrassed to admit it. But don't YOU have a lot of favorite foods?!? Is okra the only thing you don't like?

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  15. Do the recipe, Mitch? D'you think I'm Superman? (But you're forgiven if you DO think so!)

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    1. Raybeard:
      Thanks for the PRE-forgiveness because, yes, as a matter of fact I DO think you're Superman.

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  16. I love eggplant! E. parmesan is my dinner of choice whenever we eat in an Italian restaurant.

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  17. I looooooooove eggplant! And because I have the sense of humour of an 8-yo, I loved the first joke, too. I am still trying to understand the second one, ha ha ha!

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    1. Knatolee:
      I love eggplant, too. I was shocked that San Geraldo got BOTH jokes (or so he said).

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