eggplants

Berenjenas guisadas con cerdo (braised pork and eggplants)

If I were to write a book titled All the Things I Know Little to Nothing About, anthropology would be there somewhere. Even so, I am going out on a limb and say that a country's socio-economical situation must influence its culinary culture. To me it seems self-evident. This would explain why dishes like this berenjenas guisadas con ...

Vegan "meatballs" with spicy eggplants dip

If you are a meat lover, please dont tune out yet. Just because you love your meat doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good, clean, vegan dish. Sometimes, even the sturdiest of systems needs a reset. And for those occasions, or to serve to your vegetarian and vegan friends, I have just the dish: Vegan ...

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, as proven by the popularity of berenjenas asadas (roasted eggplants). 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 ...

Lasagna de berenjenas (Beef and eggplants casserole)

Please sit down and share with me a slice of this juicy Lasagna de Berenjenas (Beef and Eggplant Casserole), and let me tell you about our latest adventure. A few months back I shared with you our adventures crossing our country from corner to corner: North by Northwest - From PuntaCana to Montecristi. This week we ...

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 ...