Wednesday, October 20, 2010

springtime pottering about

the view from out window - that's a really huge tree! wonder what tree it is.
my tiny tomato seedling. i hope it'll survive the cold.
the moussaka in the oven. I bought an eggplant at salamanca market last Saturday for $3.50! that's a really expensive eggplant. so I decided to make this Greek dish with it. I used a recipe from, so I don't know how authentic it is. Basically, it's a lasagne made with eggplant instead of pasta sheets. Everything else is the same - the tomato sauce, white sauce, cheese topping and mince.
I did a search for "authentic" greek moussaka and found that there were several important things I missed out - cinnamon, allspice, feta cheese and egg yolks, instead of a whole egg. And it should've been lamb mince, not beef mince. oh well :)

It tasted pretty good. If I made it again, I wouldn't fry the eggplant slices, but I'd simmer them in a bit of water till they cooked. I don't like how they absorb all the oil like sponges. I don't think it would affect the taste too much if the eggplant were simmered in water rather than fried in oil because the whole lot gets drenched in sauce before going into the oven anyway.

1 comment:

Gina E. said...

I don't like Moussaka for the reason you give about the eggplant being drenched in oil. That is a good idea to steam or simmer it first, instead of frying it. I'm not keen on Greek food at all really, as I find much of it too oily for my tastes.