Monday, March 21, 2005
Comfort food in a healthy way
I was reading this post over at Julie's on the exact same night I had had this for dinner: grilled aubergine/eggplant in thick slices, drizzled with a little yoghurt and date-syrup. Up until recently - in fact, I guess still now - I didn't like the idea of sweet and savory together. Well, you live to learn I suppose!
Cut aubergine in thick slices. I like using a grill pan for the right criss-cross pattern to show on the grilled slices, but you could also bake the slices in a, say 170 C hot oven for 15-20 minutes. Either way, I wouldn't bother with oiling them. Leave to cool just a bit, then drizzle with yoghurt (I used a Greek kind which was sorta thick, so I stirred it with a splash of milk) and date-syrup. You could substitute the syrup with maple syrup or honey - I tried it with maple and the slight smokiness goes really well with the charred aubergines. A good grind of pepper, sprinkle of Maldon salt, and a generous handful of chopped parsley. That's it - and that's that!
Btw, don't forget to check out all of the entries for Moira's Comfort Food Competition - this is by no means an entry, but I can't wait to read about what other people make when it's time to snuggle up in the sofa...