aubergines

Pastelon berenjenas y queso (eggplant and cheese casserole)

First of all, what sort of vegetarian are you? What the airlines describe as 'lacto'? 'Lacto-ovo'? These curious categories have long been obsolete everywhere except airline ticketing codes. They mean vegetarians who eat dairy products and vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs. Are you a fishetarian? That means a vegetarian who eats seafood (my definition). ...

Christmas vegan eggplants

Years ago I shared with our readers the story of how I went from carnivorous to vegan some time during my early 20s. Many a sun has set and risen from that time, and my dietary preferences have changed too. I have gone from carnivorous to vegan, from there I lapsed into vegetarianism, and today I call ...

Berenjenas asadas (Roasted aubergines)

One of the things we Dominicans are most grateful for is to have discovered eggplants (scientific name: solanum melongena) as a daily staple. Eggplants or aubergines are delicious, versatile and cheap. They grow all year round and complement every dish. They are fondly known as “the poor person’s meat”. Eggplants are in fact fruits, not vegetables. They are ...

Lasagna de berenjenas (Beef and eggplants casserole)

Allow me to invite you to try this beef and eggplant carb-free "lasagna" casserole. But first I will tell you about my experiences in adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating and how it has become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke - in some of our posts here. One such lesson that ...

Berenjenas fritas (Fried eggplants)

The other day I happened to meet a former employee at the Dominican embassy in Paris who told me that our sister site Cocina Dominicana played a very useful role in their diplomatic duties in the French capital. “Whenever we held a reception”, she said, “we wanted to serve food that was typically Dominican, but there was no ...