I'm not a betting person but I'm almost willing to bet that anyone that loves eggplant will love this braised eggplant dish with chicken by my mother. It's one of the most requested dishes because while we love pretty much everything that she makes, this is one of those always welcome vegetable dishes that really makes eggplant come alive with flavours. The eggplant is simmered and braised in a simple sauce that brings out the silky quality of eggplant. Yet there isn't a lot of extra oil soaked up so that it ends up being a dish that you want to make over and over again!
Eggplant or aubergine is one of our favourite vegetables but many of our favourite eggplant dishes is need a lot of oil to get that wonderfully silky texture to them but not this one. Better still, it doesn't require a large amount of ingredients-not that you can tell from the taste! Unlike a lot of her other recipes that she has been cooking for year I have never seen her make this. She only developed this recipe one we had all left home. But a few days after she bought some eggplant I caught the flu. There's this thing that happens when you've been sick for 4 days.
Day 1: Bliss. You get to watch tv all day!! And sometimes people even bring you drinks when you ask for them.
Day 2: Yay more tv. Except you've run out of tv shows so you loll around bored. Everyone else is at work. Where is everyone?
Day 3: I hate being sick. When I get better I'm going to appreciate my health and what my body can do. But for now THIS IS BORING!
Day 4: I'm still sniffling but feeling a bit better so get me out of here! Let's do everything! Fresh air feels AMAZING on the face. Let's devour everything, let's see everything. Oh my god my body is incredible, it is healing itself!! I'm alive!!!
Day 5: I overdid it. Back in bed. Whyyyyy...
It was around day 4 that I visited my parents' house and we filmed a little video of how to make this eggplant dish. What struck me was how simple it was and how few ingredients were needed to make something so delicious. This is my mother's first video and I'm sure it won't be the last because she has so many more recipes to share. And she loves reading your comments so if you do make it, please feel free to let her know what you think of it!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you go through something similar when you are sick? Are you a good patient or an impatient patient? What is your favourite way of cooking eggplant or eggplant dish?