I’m lamenting the loss of my favorite vegetable kiosk a lot lately.
It was on my way home from almost everything and they were very nice about getting me hard-to-find things. But it disappeared in the Great Vegetable Kiosk Purge of 2010. I had high hopes for another kiosk that was also shut down during the Purge, but not removed by men in black leather in the middle of the night. Hope soared when I saw a crew fitting it with slanted shelves – which often feature in Fruit and Vegetable kiosks. Hopes were dashed this week when those slanted shelves began to fill up with those really sub par cookies you see in kiosks around town. You know the kind of thing – perfectly rendered and tastes like sawdust. Who eats that stuff anyway?
Really, what can Mr. Sobyanin be thinking?
So these days, I have to go a little farther in a vegetable emergency like the one that happened this week. HRH (my “Handsome Russian Husband”) phoned to say he was coming home early, which for him means before 10:30 pm. This is highly unusual for a midweek evening, so after I picked myself up from the floor whence I had fallen out of the sheer shock of it, I had to club together something for dinner in quick order. On hand was a stack of plum tomatoes and some mushrooms and these pointed me in the right direction. I ran to the closest vegetable stand and grabbed a yellow onion, a lemon, some garlic, and an eggplant. I happened to have some ground veal on hand, but beef or pork would work easily well. So, of course would no meat at all if your tastes run to that kind of thing. I got to work and had dinner on the table within 45 minutes.
Because this is a mid week quickie – it’s important to take the great Jacques Pepin’s advice and re-use your pots and pans so you don’t have a mountain of dishes to do when you’re done!
Any kind of pasta would work with this – I used standard sized spaghetti but when you are faced with a midweek quickie – beggers can’t be choosers. But what you should do is that final fussy step that seems like a lot of trouble with the pasta water. Makes a huge difference!!
Tomato Pasta with Eggplant and Mushrooms
Recipe credit: Jennifer Eremeeva
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