Thursday, January 8, 2009

Alone in the kitchen with an eggplant.

I'm in one of those moods where I want something warm, but not top-of-the-stove warm. I want out-of-the-oven warm. I think a lot of people feel this way, or casserole would have never been invented. Anyway, I had an eggplant. The title is in homage to one of my favorite cooking essays.

I made the Indonesian Eggplant from Peanut Butter Planet, only I added three small russet potatoes, sliced. After roasting, I layered the vegetables with the sauce, added some peas, and baked it at 400° for about 15 minutes.

Here it is with a little sautéed chard.

I know. It looks just like it would look had I made it as per the recipe. BUT, it tasted so incredible. Incredible in a way that can only be achieved through 400° in a Le Creuset dish. Also, the potato added something that would have actually been felt missing in the original dish. Hooray for carbs!


jessy said...

my friend just gave me peanut butter planet for christmas - i'm gonna have to try this dish - and with potatoes added in, too! it looks SO AWESOME! i wish i were having that for lunch today.mmmmmmm. the sauteed chard is so pretty, too. i love it all!

stay warm!

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Jen Treehugger said...

That looks sooooo tasty!!
Don't tell me that's yet another cook book to add to my list!!
(are you OK - not "seen" you for a while)