Never before did I realize how many of my friends revile the eggplant. And I am not talking about people with parochial palates; I am referring to good friends with whom I share meals on a regular basis. Fellow foodies. But they "don't eat eggplant." That is simply unacceptable. My view: if you don't eat something, you just haven't had it properly prepared.
So, for two friends' birthday dinner celebration, I decided on a theme and menu to bring the enigmatic eggplant front and center - Ode to the Aubergine. Each dish in every course contains eggplant.
The dinner is tomorrow night, so I will report later whether or not I have culinary converts at my table or not. If not, I'm still going to have fun trying.
I have fourteen eggplants washed and ready to go. Let's get roasting!