Have you ever had a bitter eggplant? I never have. I wonder if I just can’t taste it? I’ve most definitely tasted bitter greens, bitter broccoli rabe, artichokes and turnips. I can taste bitterness in whole wheat flour even. I can also taste the soapiness in cilantro (which I love) and the dirt in beets (which I don’t love.) So maybe I’ve just been lucky with eggplants.
I didn’t eat the meetballs I made the other night. Instead I threw them in the freezer and made burritos. Last night I thawed some of the meetballs out and served them with a couple of new recipes, including one with eggplant. First, I made Fatfreevegan’s Tunisian Ragout with Quinoa, but I made a bunch of changes. I wanted to put the meetballs, the eggplant ragout and some rice on a plate, so first I made the recipe drier, by omitting the vegetable broth and partially draining the diced tomatoes. Then I left out the onion, raisins, chickpeas and cherry tomatoes. Also, I didn’t make the quinoa. I used all of the spices, though, and even increased the harissa to 3 teaspoons. We like it hot. It was hot. And very good.
I also made Veggiebelly’s Walnut Raisin Rice. I made it as written, except that I didn’t measure anything – just estimated quantities in my hand. This was outstanding.
I had a great breakfast this morning, too – leftovers from last night.