It came to pass that I bought two small aubergines for 39p each and I was determined to do something Ottolenghi-ish with them. But since I can't quite get my hands on most of their other ingredients, I threw myself upon the culinary expertise of my Facebook friends.
The first up with a suggestion was Anton The Italian. She regularly posts up yummy looking pix of food that she has prepared and she suggested the following:
Slice your aubergines, fry them until they are soft in a pan. Tip a can of chopped tomatoes (I used some with ready added herbs), some chilli* and some garlic into a pan and cook into a sauce.
Then pop the slices of softened aubergines into a dish, tip on the sauce and cover with slices of mozarella.
It started off looking like this:
There is clearly something adrift with my camera and honestly, I have not shot all this in soft focus! The large dark dog-poop looking thing in the middle is two aubergines. The jar of garlic and ginger I can commend to the house - we use it in everything. Please don't look at the colour of the chili. Just let's say that the expiry date was in Roman numerals.
Here are some soft-focus fried aubergines. They don't half soak up a lot of oil. I eventually started feeding the frying pan with water to try to cut down the amount of olive oil I was using!
Small white ball is actually a 50p mozarella waiting to be sliced. Ignore the fallen over empty tin next to the kettle. Look, I never said that I was David Bailey.
And after 40 minutes or so in Teh Oven.......
It tasted DELISH and I commend it to the house.
*I used chilli oil AFTER the dish was cooked because two small boys were going to eat it and I didn't want to put them off. The chilli is v important as it really lifts the dish - so give yourself a nice drizzle and enjoy it!!!
Thank you Anton.
And to everyone else who gave me aubergine recipes - they are copied down and I will use them at a later date.
Are you buying from the marked down section of the supermarket too? Do you get a sense of satisfaction from creating a nice meal from inexpensive ingredients?