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benoit is thoroughly enjoying his eggplant parm

benoit is thoroughly enjoying his eggplant parm

The charm of  eggplant parmesan is undeniably euphoric.  There is never any left over, thereby hazing the following morning over by the kind of deep metaphysic sadness that comes from realizing how fast the good times pass in our lives.

Please note, this eggplant parm takes a very long time to create.  You’ll first need to make a basic tomato sauce.  I add a dash of red pepper to the sauce to give the ulimate dish a little jazz.  As the sauce is simmering, you can slice 3 big eggplants, toss them with salt and sit them in a collander to drain.  This takes a while, and unfortunately never really works like you hope it will since the eggplant slices at the bottom absorb the water from those on top.  After a 1/2 hour or so, I lay the slices out on a kitchen towel and pat them dry.

Now bread and fry the eggplants in batches, remember, flour then egg then breadcrum/parmesan. Fry in olive oil.  

Grate a pound or so of Gruyère.  

Assemble the masterpiece like a lasagne, sauce then eggplant, then sauce, then cheese, now repeat.

Bake for 45min or until bubbling and rich brown.  I make this well  before people come over and leave it in the oven with the oven off but still warm for at least an hour. This dish becomes mellower after a bit of rest. But then who doesn’t.  I’ve intended these instructions to be more like suggestions and hope you’ll create an eggplant parm that mirrors your deepest self.

The intense, yet ephemeral pleasure is enhanced by knowing that you worked all day to make the eggplant parm, yet nothing compares to the silence at the table as all your guests enter into a collective trance.

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I know this may not be exactly the most original idea, but I really am obsessed with the clamshell as tabletop untensil.  I recently posted cumin in a clamshell (see couscous post)….here is a little shell i use for salt.  If you have a crew of dirty smokers over for dinner, you can give each their own clamshell ashtray.  The best thing is these are absolutely free and waiting for you on a beach nearby.  I think mine mostly came from the Atlantic.

clamshell 

THE DARK AND STORMY!

dark rum + jamaican ginger beer + lime = a GREAT summer drink.

(we have been drinking havana club a major no-no in the usa, but we’ll leave politics out of this, anyway, we’re in france where we can freely guzzle cuban rum and puff without fear on a fat cuban cigar, just not inside)

 

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LOOK AT THIS GRRREAT PIC OF THE CREW IN THE SUPER PUT-YOUR-HEAD-IN-THE-HOLE-AND-BECOME-A-TIGER GAME WE CREATED FOR ASIA SOCIETY.  MORE ON THAT LATER…tiger crew

WURTZELPETERMy friends Emilie and Gordon from Berlin brought me this bottle of an absolutely delicious alcohol made from roots and herbs with an equally fabulous forest creature on the label. I highly recommend pouring a glass over ice. We liked it so much we drank the entire bottle and woke up feeling awful the next morning. All things in moderation.

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