Saturday, September 15, 2007

dandy eggplant warhol




After this post, a lot of you asked what Daiku and I ended up doing with the crazy, multi-knobbed white eggplant that we brought home from the farmers market.

Before I can answer that question, I must start by talking about another fantastic Melody tester recipe:



This was her Teriyake Glazed Tempeh, which we enjoyed with brown rice, garnished with toasted sesame seeds and scallions. The teriyake glaze was quite delicious, and the recipe left us with quite a bit extra. It was this extra glaze that we doctored up to make...



Miso-grilled eggplant! By adding some miso and rice vinegar to an already great sauce, we had the makings of a great marinade for the sliced eggplant. After marinading the eggplant for a while, we grilled it up, along with some pineapple slices and scallions. More marinade was brushed on everything as it grilled, adding moistness and flavor. I was amazed how sweet and lovely scallions become after being grilled.



These grilled goodies got served atop a bed of mixed greens (dressed with the marinade!), with a bit of brown rice and some more toasted sesame seeds. This was an incredibly satisfying meal, using flavors that we don't eat as frequently as we should!



Here's Mr. Eggplant in Warhol form. He's almost... lifelike, isn't he?...

**Walk For Farm Animals Update** To all who donated money, offered words of support and encouragement, or decided to embark on a walk of your own, thank you SO much! This is my first fundraising attempt, and it is already successful beyond my wildest expectations! There is still time to donate, by clicking on the widget on the sidebar or going directly to may page at: http://firstgiving.com/bazu. You guys all rock, and the farm animals will be very happy indeed.
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23 comments:

Celine said...

that Warhol eggplant thing had me spew coffee all over the monitor. thanks? :D

Emmie said...

Everything grilled looks soooooo good. I just woke up half an hour ago and should definitely not be fantasizing about grilled vegetables. God damnit. I'm supposed to make myself want to eat that damn oatmeal porridge but now I don't know if I can get enough motivation for it.

Veganista said...

Wow, wish I could have invited myself over for dinner. This looks fantastic and I know from the ingredients that it must have tasted amazing too. I love Warhol Eggplant btw. :)

Great stuff on the Walk for Farm Animals. As they say in Australia, good on ya!

Johanna3 said...

looks so good! nice post!

Midwest Vegan said...

I love the Warhol eggplant -- he is almost life like!

Doodleyboo said...

I have to make me some tempeh. I don't like the stuff, but when I see photos like yours I just have to try one more time to convince myself that it can be good...

Congratulations on the fundraising! :o)

Peggy the Veggie said...

Mmm, miso eggplant! And those grilled pineapple slices looked reallllllly, reallly good.

I love the Warhol eggplant image! He (I mean, it...) DOES look eerily lifelike.

The Little Vegan said...

I must be the worst queen in the world! Not power hungry... just plain hungry!

That Warhol thing is hilaious! And the eggplant looks super-yummy.

Jody from VegChic said...

Awesome...Warhol eggplant. You are so funny!

Ahh, the tempeh is on my list to test. Though I need pineapple.

Everything looks so good.

How cool that you are doing the WFA.

springsandwells said...

Oooh. Both of those meals are looking JUST right today! That's the sorta thing I've been in the mood for, and I just didn't know it. :)

One of the farmers at the farmers' market that I go to has been selling little purple eggplants with the funniest noses like that. I love them!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, what a yummy way to eat tempeh and eggplant!
And that warhol eggplant is hilarious. It's kind of like one of those picture you can see in two way.... one is a face with a long nose, the other are ... ummm, well, a little inappropriate for words maybe :-)

Made me laugh!!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

i am a tofu girl but yr tempeh looks great. i think with the right sauce i could get into tempeh.

VeggieGirl said...

I'm a big fan of Warhol - haha, that eggplant made me laugh :0D

Melody Polakow said...

omg, that is hilarious... what a ridiculous eggplant..

Great idea, adding the miso to the glaze and using it on the grill like that.. I love eggplant with the flavors in the glaze.. miso would take it over the top.. and the grilled scallions.. just perfect!

urban vegan said...

I love the eggplant warhol...it almost looks like a worhol portrait when you abstracted it. (Before your warholization it, it almost looked like eggplant porn...)

Yummy Melo-Eggplant Loveliness......

SaraJane said...

Love the Warhol eggplant! How fun. I love finding new ways to enjoy tempeh. Your pictures are always so great, too. It really makes your food look tasty.

Village Vegan said...

Wow. This is one of the most scrumptious posts I've seen in a while! It's making me hungry just looking at it! Now I have to try to make up a recipe for something like that...mmm. And the eggplant Warhol is very creative. Good job!

Emilie said...

Good on you for doing the farm animal walk and for putting yourself out there to fundraise--I've always found asking for money, even for causes I really believe in, to be really difficult.

I'm about to go raise some funds though to get you up to Boston so you can make miso grilled eggplant for me...that's a worthy cause...right?

Veg*Triathlete said...

Eggplant porn... that's funny. I'm glad mine's not the only dirty mind that saw something a bit, er, phallic in the eggplant photo!

Doodleyboo said...

Are you allowed to share the tempeh marinade recipe? Or tell me where I can get it?...

bazu said...

Hi Doodleyboo! I am not at liberty to share the recipe, since it's a tester, but you could contact Melody (www.melomeals.blogspot.com) and she might add you to the list of testers!

Doodleyboo said...

Thanks for the info! If she's got a book coming out, I just might wait for that. Or make up my own. I've been itching to make a vegan version of the not so vegan Chinese honey garlic spareribs. I think a kick-ass vegan tempeh version is in order...

Susan said...

Oh, yum on Melody's recipes! Oh, yow-za on the warholian eggplant. I see a man's face in it too. Very bizarre. Very cool.