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borobuddah Posted on 19/6 20:48
Aren't Aubergines a dissappointment?

Especially when you think you have finally found an avacado pear you were looking for in the tray thingy in the gloom at the bottom of the fridge?

Tom_Fun Posted on 19/6 20:51
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Lovely and purple on the outside, they look like they should provide you with a taste explosion, but end up being bland and tasteless. Butternut squash is a bit disappointing too.

burydweller Posted on 19/6 20:53
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dont be daft, salt them for one hour, drain off excess liquid, roll in flour, fry in very hot olive oil, serve with red wine

burydweller Posted on 19/6 20:54
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pair of fooking dullards :-)

Tom_Fun Posted on 19/6 20:55
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What a charming fella. Now fook off.

PumpingGnome Posted on 19/6 22:06
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Like rice, couscous and lots of other things, aubergines don't have much tast themselves but they absorb the flavours that they're cooked in. Personally I like to cut them up into one inch cubes and stir fry them with chillies, garlic and finish off with the juice of a lime. Nice.

borobuddah Posted on 20/6 10:31
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The point is, avacados are lush, and when you really fancy some, and see what you think is one, and it turns out to be a poxy aubergine, it gets yer mad up!

Our lass does 'em in tomato, fennel seeds and spices, its the only way I like the bastids

borobuddah Posted on 20/6 10:31
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Burydweller, you just made me laugh out loud

borobuddah Posted on 20/6 13:42
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No-one else disappointed?

Capybara Posted on 20/6 13:47
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As a board vegephile, I agree. They are total rubbish. They look OK in a basket but, as you say, tasteless and with a texture which is just the unpleasant side of bland. Vegepointlessness.

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 13:49
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Bit like Tofu, they absorb the taste of everything it's cooked with, but got to do a lot better to thrill me.

Take that Eggplant Parmesan, bloody sloppy as hell with all that squidgy aubergines squirming around in there, and I know people who love it.

Nah, not my favourite ingredient !

livinglegend Posted on 20/6 13:49
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Butternut squash a disappointment? What? Roast them (skins on) in some olive oil and finely chopped red chilli, or add to a rissott with some mascarpone cheese.

Delicious.

moxzin87 Posted on 20/6 13:51
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Yeah they spend far too long playing their didgeridoos.

Tom_Fun Posted on 20/6 13:51
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Sorry LL, I've done everything under the sun with a squash (oo-er) and I just find them very underwhelming.

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 13:55
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I have to agree with LL on the Butternut squash. Wonderful vegetable, makes absolutely gorgeous soup ..

Pauluka Posted on 20/6 13:56
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FFS.........

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 13:57
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Are you talking to me ...?

Pauluka Posted on 20/6 13:58
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No, should I be?

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 13:59
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No, but you'd better be listening.

Pauluka Posted on 20/6 14:00
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Yes because I have always dreamed about Butternut squash soup

SouthernSmogette Posted on 20/6 14:00
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Aubergine stackers......

Ingredients
6 baby aubergines, sliced lengthways
red pepper, sliced
2-4 tbsp olive oil, for frying, plus extra, for drizzling
110g/4oz goats' cheese, sliced into discs
3-4 basil leaves, torn, to garnish



Method
1. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan until very hot.
2. Brush the baby aubergine slices and the red pepper slices with the olive oil, then place onto the hot pan to griddle for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until softened.
3. Remove from the heat, then place alternate slices of aubergine, goats' cheese and red pepper, on top of each other, to form two stacks.
4. Drizzle with extra olive oil, and scatter with the basil leaves, to garnish.

tropic_of_cancer Posted on 20/6 14:00
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Try this:

Get a couple of aubergines and stick a fork in the narrow end of each one - push it right in. Light two gas rings gas to medium/strong and place the obos in the middle of the flame (this can be done over any naked flame) The obo will start to blacken - keep turning - and the steam will rush out around the fork. Eventually the ob will begin to collapse in on itself. When it's thoroughly black and collapsed, take off flame and allow to cool. You can apparently do this in a plastic bag as it makes next stage easier, which is removing the charred skin. This is messy but do the best you can.
Mix lemon juice, finely chopped tomato, garlic and greek yoghurt - also salad onion if you wish. The amazing thing is that the obo has picked up the smoky taste from the inside. It's a middle-eastern dish called baba ganoush and vegetarians usually love it as it gives them the kind of strong flavour their diet lacks

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 14:06
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Butternut Squash soup ...

1 butternut squash, peeled
Nutmeg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 minced garlic clove
6 cups chicken stock

Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In large pot melt butter. Add onion and garlic, and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Serve with a blob of heavy cream.

Capybara Posted on 20/6 14:14
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I love it when Nedders talks cookery

burydweller Posted on 20/6 14:33
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cut them length ways BB, with sliced pepper and red onions, marinade in lemon juice and olive oil, fry on a red hot griddle pan, and serve on cous-cous, rather splendid with a Rioja. The heady soft pulp inside the offending veg is wonderful as a thickner in a curry, honest it is. Tom, I fooked off and returned, is that ok?

burydweller Posted on 20/6 14:37
Ladies Fingers

Okra is the worst Veg in the world, I have a theory it was cultivated in the gassy atmosphere of Jupiter as it has no redeeming qualities that mankind could develop, when cooked, it turns to slime.

Nedkat Posted on 20/6 14:42
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Thank you, Capy ..

Okra, I agree with Mr Dweller. Terrible food !! Made from Giraffe Snot, and tastes like it too !!

Wife's family are all Southern US people, they eat all that swag, and I sit in the corner with a slice of meat and no vegetables. I tried the Okra, and when I picked it up with a spoon, these long lengths of snotty stuff stretched out as I moved it away from it's bowl. Made me think of young stinky Vinny at the Queen's Street school, Thornaby !!

burydweller Posted on 20/6 14:51
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An apt description NedKat, considering they consume Okra with other foul delights like Alligator and Snake, one often wonders about our creole chomping cousins from the deep south. However, I forgive them, they did invent Duke, Peacock and Sureshot 60s soul lables with incredible music and did spawn Bobby Bland.

burydweller Posted on 20/6 14:56
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I want to make pumpkin stuffed with mincemeat

borobuddah Posted on 21/6 0:55
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All the pumpkins and squashes are great in curry, especially with seafood or prawns, and coconut milk, they absorb the flavours so well.

borobuddah Posted on 21/6 9:14
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Butternut squash keeps for an age in the fridge, lord knows what its properties are.

We weaned our little 'uns on it mashed.