Albany John and I caught a Turkish food demonstration at the Co-Op on Sunday afternoon. It was quite informative and enjoyable!
We learned about a variety of dishes, and how dill and mint (dried) are heavily favored herby seasonings. And there were also samples!
Here is one – stuffed zucchini. It is hollowed out and filled with ground meat, tomatoes, rice, and then cooked whole in a broth until the zucchini is tender. This was delicious. I normally don’t like stuffed foods since there’s too much going on in them, but this let all of the ingredients really shine. I’m not sure if I’m up to making it any time soon, but it was certainly delicious to try.
My fritter batter was also a little too light in the beginning, but it also yielded a pleasant result – the individual cubes of eggplant fell apart and what I was left with was like popcorn eggplant cubes! Very fun little fried nibbles. At least now I know how to make popcorn anything now. Thin fritter batter! (it’s easy to remedy though – just add more flour until it thickens up)
I’ve still got some more Japanese eggplant ends left, so I think whatever we eat for dinner tonight will be accompanied with some fritters (or maybe we’ll just have fritters for dinner).
I need to change my oil though – it’s a little stinky and heavy. My house also gets a heavy fried-oil-ickyness smell going on too, so that’s another good indicator it needs to get changed.