So, instead of making tabouli, which would have required me cooking grain in advance and remembering to do so (oops!), we opted for making a Mother Salad (we call all big glorious salads ‘mother salads’). We kept with the Baba Ganoush planned, and served it all with crackers and cheese to give it more umph.
The salad contained lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, lots of parsley, fennel, onion, and the dressing was just olive oil and lemon juice. We used all of the last of our lemon juice on the salad and didn’t leave any for the baba ganoush- bad planning on our part. So, for the baba ganoush, we added apple cider vinegar. The result was surprisingly good. The apple cider vinegar played up the smokey flavor of the eggplant, as well as its meatiness. It tasted very different from your normal baba ganoush, but it was a good enough new flavor, that I think I will repeat the combination in the future.
The baba ganoush was also a very easy endeavor. We’ve made eggplant for baba ganoush many ways- grilling the eggplant, charring it on a gas stove, pan cooking it. This time we oped to broil it, to quickly char it. We used the thin asian style eggplant, which has milder thinner skin that can be left on, with no major textural issues. Theresa cut up the eggplant and set it to broil in the oven on low for about 15 minutes. Then when it came out (because it is the tender long asian type of eggplant) is was charred and very tender. She just smooshed it with a fork in a bowl and added tahini, garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Very simple, but very very good. Served it with dukkah on top.
For dessert, we had watermelon and more of Maples gelato that we had in the freezer.
Today I will be heading off to distribution for Red Fire Farm. I’m excited about this week’s haul, but I am also a little concerned about the tropical storm, Earl, which may be arriving later tonight. For having a tent that is prone to falling over in the wind, and having to be outside for a good chunk of the day, I’m hoping this week’s distribution won’t be disastrous. Tropical storms are not so scary- after living in Florida for ten years (including the years of the most recent burst of hurricanes) I’m not worried for my life… just maybe for the vegetables……