Friday, August 19, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie - eggplant caviar

When I started on this week's recipe, I thought to myself "no one is going to eat this, except me."  I love baba ganoush and this recipe looked similar.  I was under the impression that most of my family didn't like eggplant...boy was I in for a surprise.

Now that we are in Coronado, near my two sisters and their families, I've been doing Sunday dinners.  I've always loved Sunday dinners...a time to cook a more leisurely meal and share it with friends and family.  Growing up, Sunday dinners were a time to regroup and get ready for the coming week...and to eat a fantastic meal.  My grandmother made some amazing Sunday dinners.  This woman was the epitome of the concept food is love!  I know that she is why I love to cook and the reason that I show my love for people through food.

I'm currently doing a 42 day Jump start to Permanent Weight Loss coaching program with my good friend Katie McClain (check out her awesome coaching website) and we are exploring the thoughts and feelings we have around food.  It's a very interesting program and I'm uncovering a lot of emotions that I have related to food.  Some good, some not so good. 

Eggplant, shriveling in oven.
I'm thinking about my grandmother a lot.  She was a great cook, loved to cook for our family and had a constant battle with her weight for as long as I knew her.  She was a petite woman (4'11" with heels) and obsessed about her weight.  She was of the mindset of those that diet all week and then eat well on the weekends...except for the bowl of vanilla ice cream with strawberries that she had every night.  She never did find the happy medium where she was happy with her weight and with what she was eating.  I'm hoping to break that family pattern.

You are probably asking yourself what this has to do with eggplant caviar?  Well, even though I didn't think anyone would probably eat it, I decided to make it for our appetizer for Sunday dinner.  Along with two loaves of my amazing homemade bread (check out the recipe here).  Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised.  There were 10 of us and the eggplant caviar and bread were demolished...quickly!  When the nieces heard we were having "caviar," they looked at me and asked what was in it.  I assured them there were no fishy eggs anywhere in sight, so they happily gave it a try. 

Oohs and aahs followed.  I am so happy that everyone enjoyed this quick, simple and healthy appetizer.  I'm a little disappointed that there were no left overs.  Everyone agreed that I need to bake three loaves of bread for our next Sunday dinner.  (For dinner, I made Dorie's fresh orange pork loin, dressy pasta "risotto" and her top secret chocolate mousse.  I'll wait to share details when the group cooks these dishes...but let me just say...if you haven't made the dressy pasta "risotto" yet...you need to make it...today!)  See how my fellow Doristas enjoyed their "caviar" at French Fridays with Dorie.

16 comments:

tastymayhem said...

This is definitely a dish to share, hopefully next time I'll be doing the same. love the instagram shot of the eggplant and onion.

Cher said...

Ah, the things we do :-)
Good luck with your program. Hopefully, you can find more treats like this to help you through.

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Good luck with your program. It's nice that healthy food can taste great like this - I will definitely be making this again sooN!

DessertByCandy said...

Sunday dinner with family is such a wonderful tradition. It's the kind of things that the kids will reminisce when they grow up. Keep up the good work with healthy eating. Will be cheering for you!

Lizzy said...

Thanks for the recommendation on the "risotto." And how lucky are you to have family dinners with your sisters...glad the family enjoyed this one~

Kathy said...

Sunday dinner with the family is something we used to do when my grandmother was alive. She was the catalyst! Now we all live so far apart...in our very transient society! Your eggplant looks fabulous and your dinner sounds great! I will have to give that risotto a try this week. Have a great week-end!

Betsy said...

How nice to be able to share weekly meals with your extended family. Sounds like a great meal. I loved this eggplant too.

Tammy said...

I wrote about Sunday dinner earlier this week, too. I love the re-grouping that it lends to the start of the week.
I only marginally liked this recipe, but am trying it again today on a sandwich with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. We'll see ...

Foodiva said...

I like the thought of your Sunday get together dinners with your family, we do the same thing here. Your bread looks incredible and must have gone really nicely with the caviar. Thank god this week's recipe is healthy, I feel like I need to get on to your 42-day program!

tricia s. said...

So nice to know that you have started a wonderful new tradition with the Sunday dinners (or old tradition :) Time passes so quickly that it is great you can get together with you local loved ones - that was the point, right? We do it often at my house - or Nana's - and the kids esp remember so much. Just like you recall your own Grandmother. Lovely. And I was happy with the health aspect too - I am also trying to "cut weight" as my wrestler sons would say :)

onewetfoot.com said...

Love that you made an all-Dorie meal to share with your family. Sunday dinners are a nice tradition to pass down to the next generation - it's a great way for cousins to get to know one another. As for having no leftovers of the eggplant caviar, you'll just have to make another batch!

acookingmizer said...

Oh my! I'm looking forward to those dishes now!... I can't bring myself to make the dishes we haven't gotten to yet, I'm loving the anticipation and wonder as to when one of the ones I'm really interested in will come up! Good for you! I baked fresh bread too and it was a great pairing for the caviar!

Elin said...

Glad that many of us love this eggplant caviar. I love it too . Had this with homemade sopes :) It was a great treat for me . Shall make this again!

Nana said...

Your dish looks wonderful. I skipped this week, had
other commitments, but next week is my turn.
I'm looking forward to the recipe, sounds delicious.
Tricia and I are flying to Paris on 9/13 for a few days
and then off to Avignon, Saint Remy De Provence,
Aix, and Nice. Side trip to Eze, and have a connecting
flight in Zurich to home. Planes, trains, and automobiles
all involved. I'm tired before I begin. Seriously, we
are so excited. Thanks for asking about our trip.

oneexpatslife said...

Sunday dinner is a lovely tradition and it is so wonderful that you are restarting it.

luciacara said...

Nice photos! We loved this, too. Thanks for the tip about the dressy risotto :)