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French Recipe: Caviar d’Aubergines-Eggplant Paste!

Summer is a season for fresh eggplants (aubergines in French and British English) aplenty and this seemingly modest vegetable can be easily turned into an elegant and sophisticated dish, appetizer or a finishing touch for a multitude of dishes.
This is the basic recipe of a French I was wolfing down every summer back home that is so easy to reproduce even here in Japan!
This is the basic recipe for Caviar d’Aubergines or Eggplant Paste that you can transform and expand on at will!

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Eggplants: 6 (only 3 shown in picture for lack of space!)
Fresh garlic: 2 cloves (reduce if you are not too keen on garlic taste. Can be replaced with fresh red chili peppers)
Rosemary: a small sprig (can be ignored or replaced with another fresh herb)
A few black olives (not on the picture above). Use spicy ones if you like your food so.
Lemon: 1:2 Important as it will preserve the color and the food!
Salt
Black pepper
Optional spices
High quality olive oil

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Cut the eggplants/aubergines in halves and grill them until their inner surface gets dark.
Do it in two batches if necessary.

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Cut garlic cloves in halves and take out the central green core. Important as that particular part is indigestible!

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Crush and chop garlic as finely as possible.
Chop rosemary as fine as possible.
Can be done with a blender.
If using a blender use it for the above first as the eggplants may not be blended too long or they will becone a running paste!

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Chop the black olives as finely as possible. Do not blend.

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Once the eggplants/aubergines are properly cooked, scoop the flesh with a spoon.
Discard any long dry filaments or burned skin.

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Drop the eggplant/aubergine flesh, garlic, rosemary, and black olives into a bowl.
Add lemon juice, a little salt (you can rectify the seasoning later!), black pepper.
Mix roughly.
Add olive oil little by little and whisk to form a kind of mayonnaise (without eggs?).
Taste regularly to check if you have poured in enough olive oil.
Rectify seasoning with salt, pepper, and spices if deemed necessary.
Blend a few seconds if you wish to obtain a smoother paste, but do be easy with the blender. Hand work is definetly recommended!

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Some like to eat lukewarm especially if you add it immediately to another dish, but I prefer to preserve it in the fridge for snacks and appetizers!

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I like it best on a toasted piece of superior bread!

You can add the caviar d’aubergines to many dishes as a finishing touch such as ratatouille, pizzas, sandwiches, hamburgers, eggs mimosa, carpaccio.
Suggestion: prepare very fresh white flesh fish cut into thin slices. Apply a thin layer of caviar d’aubergine on them, roll them and secure them with toothpicks to be served as tapas!
Best enjoyed with a solid re wine or a great craft beer!

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Whirly Twirly Eggplants!

Nature does strange ways to deal with the weather!

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Found this eggplant in Dragon’s family’s garden last Sunday!

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I’d like to talk to the idiot who made the official announcement that this summer would be a cool one!

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The reason for this freak is unusual heat!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Vegan Japanese Recipe: Eggplants Agedashi

Eggplants or Aubergines or Nasu/茄子 in Japanese are a very popular vegetable in Japan whose people have many recipes of their own that would satisfy many vegans and vegetarians worldwide.
These recipes are simple and the ingredients should be easy to obtain!
Agedashi/揚げだし is atrditional cooking technique in Japan that combines frying/pan-frying/deep-frying/Age-揚げ and a soupstock/dasi-出し.
Check this vegan recipe for Japanese dashi first!

Eggplants Agedashi/nasu Agedashi/茄子揚げだし

INGREDIENTS (for 2~3 people)

Eggplants: 2
Fresh ginger: 1 cut 2×3 cm
Dashi/soupstock: 100cc (1/2 cup)
Soy sauce: 1 + 2/3 tablespoons (25cc)
Mirin/sweet sake if unavailable sake + sugar or dry white wine + sugar): 1 + 1/2 teaspoon (12.5 cc)

RECIPE

Prepare the soup stock in a pan for immediate use later by pouring in the dashi soupstock, soy sauve and mirin.

Do not peel the eggplants.
Cut off both ends and cut in halves.
Then make shallow indents with a shrp knife every 2 or 3 mm. This will not only make the skin easy to eat but also allow all the ingredients to “sink in/imbibe” the eggplants!

Fry in shallow oil at 160~170 degrees Celsius.
Turn them over from time to time.

Fry for 2 minutes so that the eggplants attain a nice color.
Take out of oil immediately.

Place the eggplants in a serving dsh while they are hot (improtant!) and pour the heated dashi aver them.
Place grated fresh ginger on top and serve!

Great with beer!

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Vegan Japanese Recipe: Eggplants Pan-fried with Ground Black Sesame Seeds

Eggplants or Aubergines or Nasu/茄子 in Japanese are a very popular vegetable in Japan whose people have many recipes of their own that would satisfy many vegans and vegetarians worldwide.
These recipes are simple and the ingredients should be easy to obtain!
The present recipe makes use of black sesame seeds, that is roasted sesame seeds!
Apparently they are not so easy to find in Europe, which is a real pity!

INGREDIENTS (for 4 people)

Although we can buy ground black sesame seeds in Japanese markets, buy it whole and grind some just before cooking!
Great taste and flavor and so rich in nutrients!

Eggplants: 6 (long variety)
Ground black sesame seeds: 60 g
Japanese sake: 100 cc (1/2 cup). If unavailable use dry white wine!
Mirin/Japanese sweet sake: 50 cc (1/4 cup) If unavailable use very sweet white wine!
Soy sauce: 1 tab;espoon
Sugar: as appropriate
Water: 100 cc (1/2 cup)
Vegetable oil: as appropriate

RECIPE

Do not peel the eggplants.
Cut lengthwise in four, and then in halves across.
Remember that eggplants absorb oil so do not hesitate to use a lot of the latter!

Fry the eggplants.
When the eggplants have become soft and absorbed most of the oil, first add all the ingredients except the sugar and water. Fry for a while. Add the sugar and keep frying for a while.

Mix well and add the water. Turn the fire low and fry/cook until the juices have become very thick.
Switch off fire and let cool completely.

As this dish is very tasty cold, make a big batch and chill inside the refrigerator!

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Vegan Japanese Recipe: Eggplants Pan-fried with Basil and Amazu!

Eggplants or Aubergines or Nasu/茄子 in Japanese are a very popular vegetable in Japan whose people have many recipes of their own that would satisfy many vegans and vegetarians worldwide.
These recipes are simple and the ingredients should be easy to obtain!
The present recipe is a bit of a crossover between Asia and Europe!
Amazu/甘酢 means sweet Japanese rice vinegar! If you don’t have any use rice vinegar and some honey!

Eggplants Pan-fried with Basil and Amazu/Nasu to Bajiru no Amazu Itame/茄子とバジルの甘酢炒め!

INGREDIENTS: (for 4 people)

Eggplants/Aubergines: 4
Rice vinegar: 30 cc(1/6 of a cup)
Cane sugar: 1 tablespoon
(If you use amazu, count 40 cc~1/4 of a cup)
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil: 50cc (1/4 of a cup)
Basil leaves : 5~6 large leaves

RECIPE:

Cut all the eggplants in bite size pieces and fry in olive oil on a low~medium fire.

Fry eggplants until they have softened completely.
Add salt, rice vinegar and cane sugar (or amazu) and keep stirring and frying until juices have completely evaporated.

Once the eggplants have attained a stewed aspect, switch off fire, add finley chopped basil and mix.
Serve hot. Great atop freshly steamed rice!

You can also let it cool down and chill it inside refrigerator for a nice snack to accompany beer!

Once again, so simple!

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French Gastronomy: Organic Eggplants, Foie Gras and Organic Burdock Root Sauce

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
Entirely non-smoking!

As I said yesterday the seasons change and excellent gastronomy follows the same seasons! Fortunately it’s not all about the heavy rains we have been treated with these days!
It is the season for eggplants/aubergines in Japan and Shizuoka Prefecture!
This is the second of two creations I have just savored for lunch at Pissenlit: Eggplants/Aubergines, Foie gras and Burdock Root Sauce!

Incidentally, all the vegetables used in this recipe are organic and were grown by Shizen no Chikara Garden in Shizuoka City!

The eggplants/aubergines, a variety callled bei-nasu/美茄子, were first fried and then baked to allow them to basorb back their own juices while protecting the shape of their cuts and juicy tenderness!
They made for a soft bed for the foie gras whose strong taste they balanced so well!

For all the succulent calories it was also a very well-balanced healthy dish with the fibers and vitamins provided by the lettuce!

The foie gras!
It was simply sauteed/”poele” before its juices and fat were reduced with Madeira and Port wine and added to the burdock root sauce.

As for the burdock root, not only it was a true beauty but it was also a mystery!
Chef Touru Arima would only tell me that it consisted of finely chopped burdock root, a short and white variety, olive oil and juices of whatnot…
To think that such a simple root can be turned in the perfect sauce makes you the humbler for it!

To be continued…

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

French Gastronomy: Eggplants and Crab Terrine at Pissenlit!

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
Entirely non-smoking!

The seasons change and excellent gastronomy follow the same seasons!
It is the season for eggplants/aubergines in Japan and Shizuoka Prefecture!
This is the first of two creations I have just savored for lunch at Pissenlit: Eggplants/Aubergines and Crab Terrine!

For once I will start from the bottom:
The tomato sauce is made with “mateta” tomatoes organically grown by Mr. Ishitani in Hamamatsu City!
As the terrine was warm, the colder sauce made for more a combination than a contrast contributing just enough sweetness to the aubergines!

As for the terrine itself the aubergines organically grown by Mr. Hirokawa in Mishima City were very probably first grilled and then peeled before being placed into a terrine dish with the snow crab/suwagani. The terrine was served warm (not hot) for a very pleasant soft touch on the palate!

As for the sauce with its beautiful golden color it was conceived with olive oil and curry powder.
When you realize that aubergines originally come from India, it is only natural to serve them in a manner reminiscent of the gastronomy of their birthplace!

Some garam masala powder added an artistic touch as well another spicy contribution to the whole dish!

The crown of the dish consisted of two unctuous gnocchi made with “kujyukuri kabocha/九十九里” (from Hokkaido) that Italians would kill for!

To be continued…

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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With a Glass,
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery