roasted eggplant ricotta dip with fresh zucchini salad

Eggplant. It’s been good to have you through this cruel summer, the hottest and dryest in decades. Sweet, firm, smooth, full of the flavor of Arabian nights. We did a lot of nice things together, hot things. But now it’s over. This is the last time. In a short while you will be spongy, seedy and quite frankly, limp. I don’t want you in the … Continue reading roasted eggplant ricotta dip with fresh zucchini salad

Eggplant Parmigiana

  I’m biting my nails here because I have so many things to tell you and if I don’t make a selection,  I’ll probably never get to the recipe. First of all the name. Parmigiana literally means “from Parma”. However, this  recipe has been known as a tradition in Naples and Sicily since the early XIX century. Food historians have not come up with a … Continue reading Eggplant Parmigiana

I’m going eggplant

Eggplant, aubergine, has been around the Mediterranean for more than 500 years. No wonder this luxurious vegetable of Indian origin became a staple of Sicilian cooking. In a land too dry and warm to support large-scale cattle breeding, meat was an expensive rarity. Peasants in Southern Italy lived on a basic diet of olive oil, pasta, cheese and vegetables, occasionally fish. Eggplant, enriched by cooking … Continue reading I’m going eggplant