Cooking

All new adventures in cooking

I like to bake and I like to cook. Baking more than cooking. I find baking relaxing. Cooking feels more like a daily necessity for me. I do enjoy it, just not as much. Mostly because I’m stuck in a rut of just cooking the same old things every day.

Hopefully, not anymore. I want to try cooking new things. Not just mildly new things, but actually new things. Things I’ve never cooked before. First up was an aubergine parmigiana. Or egg-plant parmesan to you guys over the pond.

Used the recipe from Felicity Cloake over at The Guardian and it turned out pretty well. Needed a bit more seasoning. And I underestimated just how much effort was actually required. But I was quite happy with the results. Next time I might skip the breadcrumb-y/parmesan-y topping. And maybe not make it so deep. Scratch that, I like the layers.

My slicing skills need honing. Can not cut slices of aubergine all the same to save my life. Possibly a getting a decent knife will help there too. It’s all about practice though, right?

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4 Comments

  • Reply AnjaKJ June 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Slicing definitely requires a good knife and practice. That said, if you slice stuff a lot it might be worth buying a vegetable slicer. They even do electric ones, saving you the chore of doing it manually. Personally, I think roughly chopped is just as good, depending on what the recipe calls for of course.

  • Reply Jina June 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Now THAT looks tasty. I’m similar to you, like baking more than cooking. Vegetables are my nemesis. I either under or overcook them. No middle ground.

    This looks worth a try :) Aubergine, nom!

  • Reply lisacng @ expandng.com June 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Good for ya, trying new recipes to inspire yourself to cook. I don’t mind cooking but like you said, it *is* something ya gotta do. I’ve been into baking a lot more these days. Your eggplant parm looks great. I had this recipe that called for me to bread, fry, and then bake it. Took waaaaaay too long.

    • Reply Jaina June 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Yeah, I saw a few recipes which called to do that too. I didn’t want that extra faff either!

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