I was never a big fan of eggplant. I don’t like the meaty texture of most dishes, or the slippery consistency of over-blended American baba ganoush. Then I came across Japanese eggplant, baby eggplant, ‘Orient Express’ eggplant…who knew?! My favorite recipes celebrate seasonal ingredients that you can really taste, and this one is flavorful, yet delicate. It’s a great side to dinners with a Middle Eastern flavor, and is fantastic eaten cold the next day topped with over-easy eggs. It turns out, I love eggplant!