Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Honey Garlic Eggplant Sandwiches

It's been a long time since I've posted anything on Beyond Salmon. Sorry guys. It's not for lack of cooking. I've been cooking a lot lately. But taking pictures and writing recipes is a little tricky when you are trying to take care of a 1 month old. I've also been making more ahead-of-time type of dishes. This way, if Sammy wakes up just as we are about to sit down to dinner, I can always postpone our meal until she is changed and fed with no ill effects.

That's when the honey garlic grilled eggplant recipe came in handy. It is one of the most succulent eggplant dishes and can be served as a side, appetizer, or in a sandwich. It is also one of the most patient ones. No matter how long it sat or what it's currant temperature, it's just yummy.

Last week we got some eggplants from our CSA and I got to make this dish twice. Once as a side to lamb burgers and once as a filling for grilled sandwiches with hummus, zucchini (this preparation works well for zucchini as well), and cheese.

What else has been happening lately? I've been trying to steer our play group in the direction of good food. Sammy and I joined a playgroup at Isis Maternity in Arlington. We meet once a week and then go out for lunch. The first time we ended up in Carberry's because it was convenient. For some reason I just can't warm up to this place. Absolutely nothing that I've tried tastes good. Today was a big improvement. Since the weather was nice, I suggested we take a walk to Blue Ribbon Barbecue. It's about a mile away from Isis, but the food is well worth the hike. To my surprise, people thought it was a great idea. I am often afraid of scaring people with how far I'll go for good food (even with a 1 month old). We had a great time and provided some entertainment for Blue Ribbon employees. They've never seen that many strollers all at one time and one of them asked if he could take a picture of us for his wife. We told him we are giving our children a head start on good BBQ. Just as I was finishing my lunch, Sammy got hungry. She nursed really well this time. Must be something in those burnt ends :)


Anonymous said...

Helen, the honey garlic eggplant recipe sounds almost as delicious as the wonderful new parent stories you're sharing here. Very nice!

tammy said...

God, I love Blue Ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Sammy's one month old? How fast she's growing! I love the idea of the honey garlic eggplant sandwiches. Delicious!


BipolarLawyerCook said...

I love Blue Ribbon, but Pit Stop BBQ on Morton Street in Mattapan (Thu-Sun, 11 am-2am, or until they're out of something) is really special, too. Their chopped pork, BBQ chicken, and brisket are all wonderful, and the collards & mac & cheese are amazing. It's just a divey little take out place, but worth the trip.

Helen said...

Hi BipolarLawyerCook,

Thanks for the tip on Pit Stop. I've never been there. Might be a fun little outing with Sammy sometimes.


Sharona May said...

Your Eggplant Sandwiches look very good. I made an awesome eggplant panini this summer.

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