Years ago on ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ there was a character who would always claim she could make anything at all with ‘…a small aubergine’
I planted my aubergine seeds today and in hope and expectation thought I should try cooking with some (I was unable to say ‘here’s one I made earlier’, so these were the supermarket’s finest)
Gently soften onions, garlic, mushrooms and one deseeded pepper in some butter
Add a tub of passata and some fresh basil.
Season with pepper, bring to the boil.
Put the pan (with a lid on) into the simmering oven until you are ready to assemble the aubergine dish (I put mine in the oven at about 10am – we ate at 7.45pm)
Slice your aubergines – gently brown them in a frying pan with a little olive oil. and a little dried oregano
I also added courgettes because I had some that needed using up.
Layer the aubergines, courgettes and tomato sauce. Sprinkle each layer with parmesan
Top with parmesan and bake for about 45 minutes
Serve with pasta
I think next time I will add more chilli and maybe eat it with crusty bread instead of pasta