Vegan Mofo: Pasta alla Norma

This looks so good, doesn't it?

Well, here's a Vegan Mofo lesson for you my friend... looks, and non-genetically modified eggplants, can be deceiving.

I was recently attempting to make one of my favorite simple old recipes, "Pasta all Norma" which is basically just a chunky tomato sauce with fried eggplant, a good bunch of basil, and chilis. Its easy but great, especially if you are an eggplant-obsessive like myself.

However, on this occassion for whatever reason, for the first time ever I didn't salt the eggplants before cooking them. I was starting to think that this step was just superstitious, and didn't matter because most eggplants have had the bitterness bred out of them after all this time. Unfortunately, this must not be true for garden eggplants. This was so incredibly bitter! I mean, I ate it anyways, but the whole time I had a pissed off look on my face. (That's the bad thing about eating in all the time... you have no one to blame but yourself.)

Regardless, provided you salt your eggplant beforehand, I recomment the recipe linked to above for a quick and sexy dinner, especially with some red wine. I'll make it again soon, but from now on I am listening to all old-wives tales about food.

Song of the day: Kate Nash- Foundations


Fanny said...

I'm sorry for your bitter eggplant. Pretty picture though!

Vic Robinson said...

That sucks! Sorry to hear that, I almost never salt my eggplants! Yikes!


vegan.in.brighton said...

It does look delicious, i'm sorry about your bitter eggplant.

adriennefriend said...

Huh! I totally thought that was an old wives' tale. I'm with Vic - I never salt my eggplant.