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Featured The CookingBites Recipe Challenge: Aubergine (Eggplant)

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges, Questions & Quizzes' started by morning glory, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Congratulations go to morning glory who won the recipe challenge garlic with a recipe for Braised Shallot and Caramelised Garlic Tart and has chosen Aubergine (Eggplant) as the next challenge ingredient. The deadline for entries is midday (GMT) Tuesday 19th December.

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    A Reminder of the "Rules" (revised May 2017)
      • You must post up the recipe here on CookingBites during the time frame of the competition (no screenshots of or links to recipes on other sites other than crediting is permitted).
      • The recipe must contain the ingredient specified in the challenge. :o_o:
      • The recipe must be linked to in this thread to indicate participation in the current recipe challenge.
      • (New) Cooking the recipe is optional, though it is encouraged.
      • (New) Photographs are optional, but encouraged.
      • To include everyone in any challenge, a suitable vegetarian/vegan/allergy free/intolerance free substitution will be permitted if the challenge ingredient is something a participant can not or does not eat, for whatever reason. What is permitted is up to the current challenge judge to decide on.
      • (New) In the event that an ingredient is unavailable regionally, substitutions should be agreed with the judge.
      • The judge's decision is final and the new winner will select the next ingredient and the time frame... :scratchhead:
      • And finally, as always, in the event of a dispute the site owner has the final say.:cool:
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    List of previous winners, winning recipe and the challenge ingredient they chose:

    All of the winning recipes can be found here, under the tag "CB Challenge Winning Recipes".
    @TheLateNightGormet who won the recipe challenge "coconut" with a recipe for Coconut Macaroons and chose garlic.
    @Elawin who won the ingredient challenge "Mint" with a recipe for Spicy Potato and Lentil Patties and chose coconut.
    @Yorky who won the ingredient challenge "Peppers" with a recipe for Thai Ratatouille and chose mint.
    @The Late Night Gourmet who won the ingredient challenge "Sausages" with his recipe for Scotch Quail Eggs with Mustard Sauce chose peppers (any sort including chillies and peppercorns).
    @
    epicuric who won the ingredient challenge "Vinegar" with a recipe for Bourbon Sauce and chose sausages (including vegetarian/vegan).
    @Yorky who won the ingredient challenge "Garden Peas" with his recipe for Aloo Matar and chose vinegar (any)
    @SatNavSaysStraightOn who with her recipes for Chocolate Cashew nut cream, Bitter Chocolate Pasta (Pasta di Cacao) and Sweet Chocolate Pasta (Pasta di Cacao) and has chose garden peas
    @Kake Lover who won with a recipe for Apple and lemon nut crumble and chose Chocolate
    @classic33 who won with a recipe for Wild Mushroom Pudding and chose Lemons (any part of a fresh (natural and unprocessed) lemon)
    @Ken Natton who won with a recipe for Pork and Black Pudding Patty on a Chive Potato Cake with Mustard Sauce and chose Mushrooms
    @morning glory who won with a recipe for Saffron Semolina with Berries and chose Potatoes (any type including sweet potatoes)
    @Elawin who won with a recipe for Cauliflower, Courgette [Zucchini] and Leek Lasagne and chose Semolina
    @alexander who won with a recipe for Chicken roasted with artichokes and mushrooms and chose Cauliflower
    @MypinchofItaly who won with a recipe for My risotto with spinach and taleggio cheese and chose Globe Artichokes
    @jennyb who won with a recipe for Oat Cakes and chose Spinach
    @Kake Lover who won with recipes for Cauliflower cheese soufflé and Cheese and Onion Pie and chose Oats
    @MrsDangermouse who won with a recipe for Rhubarb Eton Mess and chose Cheese (including vegan cheese).
    @classic33 who won with the recipe for Marmite Noodle Soup and its Variations.and chose Rhubarb
    @Kake Lover who won with the recipe for Bubble and Squeak and chose Marmite, or an equivalent yeast extract.
    @SatNavSaysStraightOn who won with the recipe for Tempeh, Leek and Mushroom Pie and chose Brussels Sprouts
    @Cinisajoy who won with the recipe Cindy's Take on Jambalaya and chose Turkey/Chicken/Cornish Game Hen (Poussin) or any vegetarian alternative such as Tofu/Tempeh/Quorn
    @Yorky who won with a recipe for Duck Egg Sambal and chose Prawns/Shrimp/Crayfish
    @morning glory who won with a recipe for Self Devouring Salad
    and chose Eggs (any type)
    @Caribbean girl who won a recipe for Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia and chose Sweetcorn (any form).
    @Smokeydoke who won with a recipe for a Light Apricot Cake and chose Ginger (any form).
    @classic33 who won with a recipe for Guinness, Beef, Brown Rice and Mushroom Stew and chose Apricots (any form).
    @SatNavSaysStraightOn who won with a recipe for Creamy Courgette Soup and chose rice.
    @winterybella who won with a recipe for Caramelised Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza and chose Courgettes (Zucchini)
    @classic33 who won with a recipe for Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake and chose Bulb Onions.
    @Caribbean girl who won with a recipe for Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies and chose Oranges
    @SatNavSaysStraightOn who won with a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup and chose Cinnamon or Cassia Bark.
    @morning glory who won a recipe for a Tomato, Goat's Cheese and Brie Tart and chose Beans or Chickpeas.
    @epicuric who won with a recipe for Wholewheat fusilli with roasted vegetables and chose tomatoes.
    @winterybella won with a recipe for Tuscan Garlic Chicken and chose pasta.
    @morning glory won with a recipe for her Prosciutto, Watermelon and Hearts of Palm and chose chicken.
    @Elawin won with a recipe for Beefburgers and chose melon.
    @zoribrida won with a Red Lentils recipe and she chose ground beef.
    @morning glory won with a Pumpkin and Marrow Tagine recipe and she chose lentils.
    @Caribbean girl won with a Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Ground Beef recipe and she chose pumpkin
    @L_B won with the Portobello Mushroom Pizza and chose peppers.
    @morning glory and @classic33 won with a Smoked Salmon with Pickled Cabbage and Kale Seaweed and Red Cabbage Blueberry Smoothie (respectively) and jointly chose mushrooms.
    @winterybella won with with Vegetable Curry with Parsnip and Cauliflower and chose cabbage.
    @Duck59 won with a Orange, beetroot and celery salad and chose parsnips.
    @morning glory won with a Chicken and Parma Ham Ballotines and chose oranges.
    @cupcakechef won with a Porkkanalaatiko - Finnish Carrot Casserole and chose ham.
    @classic33 won with a Vegan Heartache Cake (Chocolate Aubergine Torte) and chose carrots.
    @morning glory won with a Leek, Potato & Saffron Soup and chose aubergine (egg plant).
    @SatNavSaysStraightOn started the comp and chose potatoes.
     
  2. Francesca

    Francesca Senior Member

    Location:
    Barcelona
    @morning glory

    Congratulations ..
     
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  3. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Senior Member

    Location:
    Saronno (Italy)
  4. Herbie

    Herbie Well-Known Member

    I LOVE aubergine but it is one of the very few things my husband does not like (the other being lasagne! How? I only dislike marmite and jelly(jello) so I don't think we are too fussy as a couple).

    I do have an interesting recipe I've done before just once so if I can get an aubergine I will try it again. My veg box arrived today but no aubergine, unfortunately.
     
  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    There are many ways to cook aubergine so I'm wondering what it is he has had with aubergine which he disliked. In my view, badly cooked aubergine can be exceptionally greasy and almost slimy in texture. Could that be it? As for lasagne, technically that is just a pasta shape (a flat sheet) but I'm assuming he is referring to the dish known as lasagne?
     
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  6. ElizabethB

    ElizabethB Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lafayette, LA. US
    @morning glory :bravo:

    I knew that recipe was a winner as soon as I saw it. Can't wait to try it.
     
  7. Francesca

    Francesca Senior Member

    Location:
    Barcelona
    Aubergine is a fave veggie of our´s .. We prepare it to replace lasagne sheet pasta, a Puglia récipe: Melanzane di Lecce or Spanish style, sautéed in Evoo or
    Ba Ba Ghanuj - Egyptian or Lebanese or Moroccan with Tahine in a Hummus type style ..

    Also, Pisto Manchego, Ratatouille Provençal ..
     
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  8. ElizabethB

    ElizabethB Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lafayette, LA. US
    Great choice!
     
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  9. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

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  10. Francesca

    Francesca Senior Member

    Location:
    Barcelona
    @ElizabethB

    All very healthy ..

    My fave is Melazane di Lecce, Puglia and it is more or less an eggplant or augergine Parmigiana .. However, with mozzarella di bufala .. and layered like a lasagne ..

    It tends to be a laborious vegetable to work with however, it is heavenly ..

    Have a good evening ..
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Aubergines purchased in Saffron Walden - White aubergine (snowbergine!) from Waitrose, the others from the market:

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  12. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    The last ones I got from Riverford had purple and white stripes, but are out of season at the moment. The ones I used for my recipe were standard purple ones from Tesco - yes! They've started stocking them again.:D
     
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  13. Herbie

    Herbie Well-Known Member

    Hey, what are you implying about my aubergine-cooking abilities :ninja: (:wink:)

    Aubergine is like squid and okra in my book as something that is lovely when done right, but awful when cooked badly. I can cook good squid (my mother in law was Portuguese so I was taught well) and pretty good aubergine, but certainly need to experiment more on okra.

    I've cooked aubergine by roasting cubes before and made it horribly oily, but I've made nice baba ganoush, ratatouille, curry, pickle/chutney, grilling slices (with falafel in pitta), etc. but he has never liked aubergine, even when cooked well by others.


    Yes, the dish, but he is not a fan of pasta in general (which is good as he was diagnosed coeliac about five years ago) and as I can not eat dairy, I am pleased not to have to experiment with gluten and dairy-free lasagne!!
     
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  14. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Of course not! I just thought he had eaten oily aubergine elsewhere. :)

    I agree aubergine is not easy - I prefer it with very little oil. It can be cooked without any at all, in fact.
     
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  15. Francesca

    Francesca Senior Member

    Location:
    Barcelona
    The Market in Eataly - Milano, Italia ..

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