Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce

March 31, 2016
Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce - is the perfect starter for a light dinner .. or a beautiful & fun appetizer for your next dinner party

“Everyone should blog .. even if it's not under your own name.  Every single day.  

If you're in public making predictions and noticing things .. your life gets better.  Because .. 

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you'll find a discipline that can't help but benefit you.  If you want to do it in a diary .. that's fine.  But the problem with diaries is .. because they're private .. you can start hiding.  In public .. there it is.  

Are you able .. every single day to say one thing that's new .. and that you're willing to stand by?”   ~ Seth Godin via the Tim Ferris podcast 

On any given day .. when I come to this space to write.  I have a notebook full of ideas.  Things I've thought about .. things that I'd like to share.

There's no ritual really .. I think about what's next in the queue and ask myself does it still matter?  Can I do it better?  Is it something worth adding to the breadcrumbs of my life that I'd like to leave behind?

Last week a sweet reader sent me a link.  Every so often fellow blogger Pip checks in with herself .. her way of marking the days/moods/seasons.  Included was a note reminding me that it's never wrong to breathe deeply .. and take stock of what's going on around us.

Such a fun idea .. a great exercise in writing .. and most importantly an excuse to pay attention to all of the simple but wonderful things happening every day

Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce - is the perfect starter for a light dinner .. or a beautiful & fun appetizer for your next dinner party

Making:  black garlic in the slow-cooker

Cooking:  Anything on grill and putting it on big salads.

Snacking:  Raw + vegan five-minute blondies are always a good decision

Drinking:  Warm almond milk with cinnamon.  Smoothies.  Also water .. always water

Reminding Myself:  When you're hungry .. but nothing sounds good .. you're actually just thirsty.  Drink some water.  Good grief

Reading:  When Breath Becomes Air .. the latest issues of Vanity Fair and Bon Appetit

Wanting:  More fun dates with my husband

Listening:  To the kids playing at the elementary school right behind our house

Looking:  Out the window at the sweetest pair of cardinals.  I love it that he picks out the very best kernels and feeds them to her

Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce - is the perfect starter for a light dinner .. or a beautiful & fun appetizer for your next dinner party

Playing:  The Surprisingly Awesome Podcast.  Especially #8 (Frequent Flyer Miles and the Pudding Guy) .. and #3 (Concrete)

Wishing:  For all of our house projects to be finished.  I'm excited to put ours on the market and find one that suits us a little better

Enjoying:  This season and different relationships with my children.  The gift of grandchildren who are terribly cool(!)

Liking:  A spritz of lavender.  Opening the windows and feeling the fresh air.  Long walks.  Hot showers.  Candles.  Friendship.

Knowing:  What is .. is simply meant to be

Loving:  Night walks around the neighborhood

Feeling:  Peaceful

Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce - is the perfect starter for a light dinner .. or a beautiful & fun appetizer for your next dinner party

This rustically elegant Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce is the perfect starter for a light dinner or fun appetizer for your next dinner party.

The buttermilk sauce is full of flavor and adds an acidity that works wonders with the slightly greasy nature of the eggplant and the sweet pomegranate seeds.

If you don't have pomegranate seeds .. dried cranberries may be a good substitute to try.  While not exactly the same .. they'll emulate the color pop and sweet-tartness flavor

Enjoy!

xoxo

Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce - is the perfect starter for a light dinner .. or a beautiful & fun appetizer for your next dinner party

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~ Adapted from Plenty: Vibrant Recipes by London's Ottolgnehi by Yotam Ottolenghi

Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce
 
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Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • Eggplant
  • 2 large (and long) eggplants
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon thyme leaves
  • pinch or two of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 pomegranate (alternately you could purchase pomegranate seeds)

  • Sauce
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp buttermilk
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • Pinch of salt

  • Garnish
  • 1-2 tsp za'atar
  • a few whole sprigs of lemon thyme
  • drizzle of olive oil

Instructions
  1. Eggplant
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Cut the eggplants in half lengthways, cutting straight through the stalk (** Note: the stalk is only for looks .. not to be eaten).
  4. Using a small sharp knife, make three or four parallel incisions in the cut side of each eggplant half (without cutting through to the skin)
  5. Repeat at a 45-degree angle to get a diamond-shaped pattern.
  6. Place the eggplant halves, cut-side up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush them with olive oil .. keep on brushing until all of the oil has been absorbed by the flesh.
  8. Sprinkle with the lemon thyme leaves and some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the flesh is soft, flavorful and nicely browned.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely

  11. Pomegranate Seeds
  12. (Note: If you're de-seeding the pomegranate .. follow the steps below. If you purchased pomegranate seeds, skip this step)
  13. While the eggplants are in the oven, cut the pomegranate into two horizontally.
  14. Hold one half over a bowl, with the cut side against your palm, and use the back of a wooden spoon or a rolling pin to gently knock on the pomegranate skin.
  15. Continue beating with increasing power until the seeds start coming out naturally and falling through your fingers into the bowl.
  16. Once all are there, sift through the seeds to remove any bits of white skin or membrane

  17. Sauce
  18. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  19. Taste and adjust seasoning
  20. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve

  21. Finish and Serve
  22. To serve, spoon plenty of buttermilk sauce over the eggplant halves (without covering the stalks)
  23. Sprinkle za'atar and plenty of pomegranate seeds on top
  24. Garnish with lemon thyme.
  25. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 10
% Carbs: 34
% Fat: 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Total Recipe Calories: 325 Fat: 22.03 Carbohydrates: 27.21 Sugar: 16.59 Protein: 8.39

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