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post #1951 of 7194
didn't mean to confuse your insides. i just don't understand how someone can like fried eggplant but not grilled. i mean, if it was radically different flavors, that would be one thing. but they basically taste the same. i think most of the time when people say something really specific like "i don't like grilled eggplant" what they're really saying is "i haven't had a grilled eggplant that i've really liked".
as for preferring mccartney to lennon ... that's just crazy.
post #1952 of 7194
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I probably just have not had it well prepared. Will experiment more. I've really just started cooking with it after several years of never eating it.

Ram is better than anything Lennon ever wrote. Sorry pal. Gotta go with melody and humor over drama and narcissism. I do love Side A of Double Fantasy though.

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post #1953 of 7194
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

didn't mean to confuse your insides. i just don't understand how someone can like fried eggplant but not grilled. i mean, if it was radically different flavors, that would be one thing. but they basically taste the same. i think most of the time when people say something really specific like "i don't like grilled eggplant" what they're really saying is "i haven't had a grilled eggplant that i've really liked".
as for preferring mccartney to lennon ... that's just crazy.

It could be textural.

FWIW, my favorite way to eat eggplant is in home made musaka.
post #1954 of 7194
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didn't mean to confuse your insides. i just don't understand how someone can like fried eggplant but not grilled. i mean, if it was radically different flavors, that would be one thing. but they basically taste the same. i think most of the time when people say something really specific like "i don't like grilled eggplant" what they're really saying is "i haven't had a grilled eggplant that i've really liked".
as for preferring mccartney to lennon ... that's just crazy.

The aubergine is unrivaled in its ability to absorb oil. So, depending on the flavor of the oil/fat used in frying I wouldn't be surprised to find it having a very different taste from that when grilled. And if one is using a bitter-tasting one (such as from being stored too long) I believe this bitterness would be more noticeable when it's grilled than fried.
post #1955 of 7194
maybe i was being too hard on the lad. by "fried" i meant sauteed. i guess breaded and deep-fried would give you a crispness. sauteed eggplant absorbs tons of oil (one of its charms), but grilled doesn't. you can brush it, grill it, and then drizzle with a vinaigrette-type mixture.
post #1956 of 7194
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maybe i was being too hard on the lad. by "fried" i meant sauteed. i guess breaded and deep-fried would give you a crispness. sauteed eggplant absorbs tons of oil (one of its charms), but grilled doesn't. you can brush it, grill it, and then drizzle with a vinaigrette-type mixture.

Or surround it with meat and spices, drown it in bech sauce and bake it smile.gif
post #1957 of 7194
eggplant really is a chameleon. it's one of my favorite things to cook in teh summer. which is why my reaction may have been a bit ... intemperate.
post #1958 of 7194
Zucchini and eggplant may be my two favorite vegetables. Well, two of my favorite vegetables at least. Really, very little beats a good chinese eggplant dish in my opinion. I will be indulging in that tonight.
post #1959 of 7194
yeah, summer to me is grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini and grilled red bell peppers arranged on a platter. and a big bucket of ice-cold rose.
post #1960 of 7194
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eggplant really is a chameleon. it's one of my favorite things to cook in teh summer. which is why my reaction may have been a bit ... intemperate.

It does go well with so many things. Now...I'm hungry.
post #1961 of 7194
Your favourite way to prepare (veal) tongue? Will do it tomorrow or the day after.
post #1962 of 7194
Honestly my experience with eggplant growing up was the overcooked grill food, or the soggy bottom of shitty baked parmesan dishes. I recently started sauteeing peeled cubes of it and love it, so will try some other things. My dislike of it probably has more to do with my parents' awful cooking, as is the case with so many things. I love zucchini and summer squash, which is also a recent development.

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post #1963 of 7194
when you're sauteeing it, cut it into cubes, put it in a colander and then toss it with salt to cover lightly. put a bowl in the colander to press the eggplant and then leave it for an hour and a half or so. when you fry it, it'll still absorb a ton of oil, but the texture is amazing.
post #1964 of 7194
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My dislike of it probably has more to do with my parents' awful cooking, as is the case with so many things.

my mom was a horrible cook, too. but i took that as a sign that i had never really tasted most things the way they were supposed to be. turned it into a career.
post #1965 of 7194
Moo-saw-ka!
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