Eggplant miguel recipes

Eggplant and Tri-Color Goat Cheese Napoleons on Couscous with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Eggplant and Tri-Color Goat Cheese Napoleons on Couscous with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Eggplant and Tri-Color Goat Cheese Napoleons on Couscous with Honey-Balsamic VinaigretteEggplant and Tri-Color Goat Cheese Napoleons on Couscous with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigretteby Victoria ChallancinWhen I first saw this recipe on Manus' Menu, a truly wonderful food blog by a young Italian woman who now lives in Australia, I was dazzled by her photos of this dish
Za'atar:  A Taste of the Middle East

Za'atar: A Taste of the Middle East

 Uncooked pita bread with za'atar and olive oil, ready for bakingFreshly baked pita bread with the za'atar-olive oil mixture--yes, on a Mexican tortilla cloth made by my friends' motherWays to Use the Za'atar MixBrush pita bread before baking with the olive oil-za'atar mixAdd the dry mix to olive oil as a dipping sauce for pita or focacciaSpread the paste over fish before grillingAdd a bit of extra olive oil to the paste and use it to baste roasting vegetablesUse it with olive oil as a marinade or to brush on meat, chicken, or fish to be roasted or grilledSprinkle the dry mix over yogurt and drizzle with olive oil for a dipAdd it to a chicken salad with pine nuts and raisins as Dennis Leary does at his restaurat RubiconSprinkle the dry mix over caramelized onions as they cookAdd the paste to mixed olives Make dipping chips by brushing pita bread or flour tortillas with the oil mixture, cutting them into wedges, and baking until crispMake your own shanklish by rolling balls of soft cheese such as goat's cheese in the dry za'atar mix--add a bit of Aleppo pepper or anise if desired--and serve with pita or crostini, drizzled with olive oil for an added kick and a few extra caloriesCrumble feta cheese, top with dry za'atar and drizzle with olive oil and serve with pitaSprinkle the dry herb mix on eggsSpread the paste on eggplant slices or halves, bake, and serve with yogurtAdd a bit of the dry herb mix to a salad of tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and onion (or whatever you like in your salad)Chop tomato, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, and hard-cooked eggs, mix with the za'atar-oil mix and spread on crostini as an appetizerUse your imagination
Roasted Vegetables with Chimichurri

Roasted Vegetables with Chimichurri

 Eggplant, fennel, turnips, beets (keep them apart.  Chimichurri, a favorite restaurant here in San Miguel de Allende that is unfortunately now closed, served a red one that was terrific
Fruit Tart Giggles

Fruit Tart Giggles

 Yet here they are, completely proficient in the preparation of Mexican cuisine understanding it at some visceral level, yet trying to make sense of international dishes such harissa, chermoula, ravioli, dukkah, boeuf bourguignon, sushi or even what to most of us are common ingredients like horseradish, blue cheese, ginger, eggplant, quinoa, couscous, and many more
Really, what is hummus?

Really, what is hummus?

 It is also a common accompaniment to falafel, kibbe, grilled chicken, fish, or eggplant. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Deconstructed Cannoli--Playful and Fun

Deconstructed Cannoli--Playful and Fun

I have in the past deconstructed coconut cream pie, chicken pot pies, lasagna, beef Wellington, black forest cake, eggplant Parmesan, and more--each new reinterpretation containing the classic components found in the original dish, just put together in simpler ways
Mediterranean-Mexican Fusion

Mediterranean-Mexican Fusion

 Turnips, kohlrabi, eggplant, celery root, winter squash, sweet potato, brussels sprouts. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Zucchini Sticks:  Fried or Baked?

Zucchini Sticks: Fried or Baked?

For a while it has been on my mind to prepare some panko-crusted eggplant or zucchini spears as a vegetarian option for a light lunch

Why you need to visit Casa Manila, a Filipino gem in North York

I am obsessed with good soup, and Casa Manila’s sinigang baka (beef tamarind soup) hit the spot with a sour Filipino tamarind base with vegetables including okra, jalapeno, eggplant, tomato and bok choy (plus there was no MSG
3 in 1--A Perfect Combo

3 in 1--A Perfect Combo

 I used a beautiful buttery-rich puff pastry from a local San Miguel bakery. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
More Fun with Ravioli!

More Fun with Ravioli!

)Goat cheese filling topped with a roasted tomato-chipotle sauceShrimp or cheese with a roasted pineapple salsaCheese or shrimp in a puddle of gazpachoMiddle Eastern with either a kofte meat filling or eggplant filling nestled in a cinnamon-scented tomato sauce or a lemony tahini sauce--again with pine nutsAny Chinese dumpling filling with a soy-ginger-scallion-sesame sauceMashed broccoli or cauliflower with a rich Cheddar or  Welsh Rarebit sauceAsparagus and goat's cheese with a light lemon- or grapefruit- butter sauce and toasted breadcrumbsMoroccan-scented cooked vegetables (with Ras el Hanout) resting in Chermoula Sauce with slivers of almonds and preserved lemonSpinach with Greek avgolemono sauce and garlicky breadcrumbsShrimp with a vanilla-butter sauceChicken, fish, vegetables, or cheese with beurre blanc and Grapefruit GremolataMinced chicken or cheese with a puttanesca sauceOlive oil and lemon-scented lentils or mashed chick peas with a sprinkle of DukkahRoasted winter root vegetables with a dollop of horseradish cream sauceSeafood of any sort or mixture with a sherry-raisin-smoked paprika butter drizzleSee the link below for Heart-Shaped Goat Cheese Ravioli with Lemon-Arugula SauceOh, the possibilities are endless
Herbes de Provence and a Recipe

Herbes de Provence and a Recipe

), tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, capers, olives, artichokes, and more. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Moroccan Salads, Part II

Moroccan Salads, Part II

Zalouk, a popular salad made from eggplant and tomato, which I prepared in a cooking class at La Maison Arabe in MarrakechA slightly different selection of small salad plates from FésAgain from Fés, a selection of salads to stimulate the appetite before an even larger mealTiny portions, served on saucersCooked salads from Chefchaouen served with handmade, olive wood spoonsA delicious, simple salad, partly cooked, partly raw, from the home of friends Youssef and FatimahAnother view of the selection of salads from a fabulous restaurant in the heart of the old Fés medinaComposed and cooked, a melange of salads from MeknesThis photo, which shows the salads left on the table after main dishes are served, gives a bit of perspective on the actual size of the salad servingsVictoria Challancin
Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout

In addition to using in Moroccan dishes calling for ras el hanout, this blend can be used in judicious amounts as a rub for grilled meats or seafood, in yogurt as a dip, mixed with cheese, in a vinaigrette, with eggplant, in a rice pilaf
Two Italian-Inspired Salads

Two Italian-Inspired Salads

 artichoke hearts or bottoms, olives of all sorts, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, bresaola or prosciutto, pickled vegetables or peperoncini, anchovies, tuna, hard-cooked eggs, avocado, gorgonzola-stuffed dates, grilled eggplant
Layered Italian Salad

Layered Italian Salad

 add tuna, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, anchovies, chickpeas, white beans, salami, pepperoni, parsley, chicken, beef, pasta, cooked eggplant, whole basil leaves, shredded carrots, or hard-cooked eggs
Two Easy Sides and an Obsession

Two Easy Sides and an Obsession

 potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, onions, tomatoes, garlic, bell peppersEither place your vegetable directly on a baking sheet or in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil