Friday, September 12, 2008

eggplant for dinner

After birthday peach picking on Sauvie Island at the Pumpkin Patch, I picked up a ton of fresh, local & inexpensive produce from market on the farm.  Included in the haul was a big ole Oregon grown eggplant for $1.49 that I simply could not resist.  

I find myself buying eggplant only a few times a year, and naturally that's during the summer when it's fresh.   I do enjoy the different varieties, from the deep purple, white, swirled and neon purple, but it's not something I like to put into frequent rotation....with the blatant exception of this past week:

Grilled eggplant, zucchini and PPK Brunch Test Kitchen Cherry Sage Sausages, all topped with grilled tomato/basil/sea salt/garic and a bit of nooch.  All local produce.

Panko breaded eggplant, fire roasted marinara, steamed spinach and broccoli tossed with garlic, navy beans, sea salt, bread crumbs and crushed red pepper.

More panko breaded eggplant (I should mention that I came across a container of organic panko breadcrumbs in my freezer),
broccoli and navy beans tossed with pesto, and fresh tomato & basil.  Nooch.


The Pumpkin Patch haul, plus some vegan white chocolate chips:

On the decoupaged table~

There is still over 1/3 of the eggplant left for the weekend.  I'm thinking Chinese.

14 comments:

sweetpotato said...

Your post has reassured me that it has been far too long since I've had any sort of eggplant dish!

It all looks very tasty.

vegan addict said...

Where did you find the white chocolate chips? Are they the ones FF is carrying? I must get some!

VeggieGirl said...

Gorgeous meals!!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

yes, food fight! I have two bags (one was a present) and I am ecstatic about cookies in my future.

Kati said...

*sigh* I'm just not an eggplant lover. There, I said it. I'll eat it when someone else prepares it, but I just can't bring myself to cook it at home. Maybe one of these days I'll be converted? It looks good anyway.

So I'm not the only one with a Pink Pearl?? I feel less special now!

Catherine said...

YUUUUUUUMM.

I, myself, have a large eggplant to get through!

Carrie said...

Mmm...I wish I had eggplant now. Everything looks so great.

River said...

All three dishes look so freakin' good! I need that grilled eggplant in my belly right now!

Ali said...

I'm always amazed that everyone doesn't share my absolute passion for eggplant(it is my favorite vegetable and one of my favorite foods overall). But good for you for dedicating yourself to it this past week!

Almost Vegetarian said...

Oh Jess, your your pictures are so beautiful.

But, really, you had me at grilled eggplant. I get so hungry for them sometimes, I swipe them off the grill and just eat them up. When no one is looking, of course!

Cheers.

Bianca said...

I'm having eggplant for dinner tonight! I rarely eat it either. It's pretty low on my favorite veggies list. But when I cook with it, I'm always reminded that I really do like it...

You are an excellent plater by the way. I've always meant to tell you that.

VeganFabulous said...

I had no idea you could pick peaches at Sauvie's Island! I love that place!

Urban Vegan said...

I'm a huge eggplant fan, too. It's such a versatile veggie.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Whoooa, white chips! Also, veggies galore, yum!