Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese

Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese

Easy, tasty, filling, vegetarian. When Speedy went to the condo to bring supplies for the girls, I sent this grilled eggplant dish for Sam. There are two older versions of this recipe in the archive but this is so much better and so much faster to prepare. Instead of boiling or frying, I tossed the sliced eggplants in olive oil then pan-grilled them. Less oil, less mess. And, instead of baking the dish, I broiled it. Broil meaning I used the top heat of the oven. Very high temperature but for a very short time — just long enough to lightly toast the cheese and heat everything through. That way, the eggplants did not continue to cook which could have made them soggy… (more)

Hot garlic-ginger eggplants

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We had this hot garlic-ginger eggplants as a side dish for our pan-grilled liempo. But it is filling and tasty by itself so it can be served as a main dish for vegetarians and vegans. What's in it? Lots of garlic and ginger. And my preferred chili sauce -- Sriracha. Preparation time is five minutes; cooking time is ten … »

Vegetarian “shrimp” tempura and meatless gising-gising

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Yesterday afternoon, before our Lone Ranger movie date with the girls, we passed by the vegetarian food store in Manila where we buy our soy-based “meat” and “seafood.” The store at the corner of Quirino and San Marcelino is known as Palomi but the sign simply says Vegetarian Food Store. One of the items we bought was a bag … »

Independence Day lunch: fried fish, poqui-poqui and bulalo soup

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I’m not big on occasions unless you’re talking birthdays. Birthdays are special. But Independence Day, I have ambivalent feelings about. Unlike other people who make plans to go out and watch Independence Day activities, we stayed home and slept in late. Very late. And when I got out of bed, the first thing I … »

How to cook: Poqui-poqui, an Ilocano egg and eggplant dish

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I have a second version for cooking poqui-poqui. We loved the first version (on page two of this post) but this one is really so much tastier. What’s the difference between the first and second versions? First, the addition of a bit of pesto and mayonnaise to the beaten eggs. Okay, that makes this second [...] … »

Eggplant “pizza”

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It's not really a pizza -- that's why, in the title, "pizza" is enclosed in quotes. But it is like a pizza because it has a crust, and a tomato and cheese topping. In fact, it is like pizza Margherita because the topping consists of slices of fresh tomato, basil leaves and cheese. But it is not a pizza because the crust is … »

Tips for perfectly-textured stir-fried eggplants

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Eggplants. Inexpensive. Filling. Easy to prepare. Versatile. Cooks in a jiffy. Eggplants are moist and succulent and, if you're lucky to have Asian eggplants, sweet. What's not to like? The trouble with eggplants is that cooking them can be tricky. Undercook them by one minute and they would be too tough. Overcook them by a … »

How to cut down on meat and fat without sacrificing flavor and texture

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So, my mother has gone back to her house in the city. Meanwhile, I have a few more recipes and kitchen tips for the dishes that I cooked during the days that she stayed with us. Low-fat, low-sodium, easily digestible food for a 74-year-old.Let's start with eggplant omelet, one of the easiest dishes to prepare. A comfort … »

Flash-fried eggplants with spicy soy-ginger sauce

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So, what did I do with the flash-fried eggplants I wrote about in an earlier post? I doused them with a rich-tasting sauce and served them with grilled tilapia. Very easy to prepare and cooks fast too.If you're grilling your fish indoors (say, on a stove-top grill), you can put the fish on the grill and make the … »

What is flash frying?

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When someone says "fried food", the image that forms in most people's minds is something that is greasy and dripping with cooking oil in which the food had been fried. Truth is, properly fried food shouldn't be greasy at all. The food should be fried at the proper temperature so that a crust-like texture quickly forms on … »