Thursday, April 1, 2010

Eggplant, Kale...

My friend Dan from college visited!  Since we spent so many good times cooking together in the co-op we lived in while in school, it only made sense that we would cook again.  The photos for these dishes aren't great, but the eggplant was DELICIOUS.  It's rich and somewhat greasy, but there's enough fresh stuff (tomatoes, basil) to make it not overwhelming.

Chili Eggplants with Fresh Basil

8 fresh red chilis
10 shallots, sliced
4 cloves garlic
3 slices ginger
2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 TB canola oil
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
5 small eggplants, cut into bize-sized pieces
canola oil for frying
1 c fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

1. In a food processor, blend the chilis, shallots, garlic, ginger, lime juice, and salt to a paste.
2. Heat oil in a saucepan and saute the paste from the food processor for 2-3 min.
3. Add tomato and stir; cook covered for 3-4 min.
4. Fry eggplant pieces in very hot oil until slightly brown and crispy.  Drain and set aside on paper.
5. Place tomato-chili mixture in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add basil, salt, and sugar, and stir before adding fried eggplant.  Serve over rice.  Serves 4.

Kale Mushroom Salad

1 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
olive oil
1 clove garlic
1-2 c sliced mushrooms
sesame seeds
lemon juice

1. Steam kale. 
2. Saute mushrooms and garlic in olive oil, adding a bit of tamari towards the end. 
3. Combine kale and sauteed mixture (including mushroom-tamari liquid) in a bowl.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lemon juice and toss.  Serve at room temperature.