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This week's Featured Food Friday player is ...

Mr. Nicholas V., with his post Tartufo, on his blog: Intelliblog.

The humidity right now is unbearable, so this cool treat would be perfect! Want to know how Nick did that? Then click the shot  above to find out! You'll love it!
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This week's food post for me is something I found out just recently: small eggplants! I know, there are different varieties out there, but I just fell in love with these small ones the moment I saw them. Am calling this simply Steamed Eggplants and Okra.

  • Fresh eggplants and okra
  • olive oil, butter, spicy bagoong (salty shrimp paste), crushed garlic
  • pepper, salt, ground nutmeg

  • Wash the veggies, cut off the ends (if you want) and as much as possible make sure there are no unwanted "parasites" inside. It happens, you know. lol. I sliced the okras, but left the eggplants alone. You may do whatever suits you, of course.
  • Place on container that can withstand steaming (in my case, I used one of those disposable aluminum containers). Drizzle olive oil, add some sliced butter, and about a tablespoon of your favorite spicy shrimp paste. Don't forget the crushed garlic and ground nutmeg! The pepper (and salt, if you want, but go easy since the shrimp paste is already salty), too.
  • Let steam for about ten minutes, or less. Take out of the steamer.
  • Serve either hot, or at room temperature.

My sons didn't want to have any of this, lol. One, they don't like eggplants and okra (am still determined to make them like it, lol), and two, even if the youngest likes shrimp paste, he couldn't stand the spiciness. It was delicious paired with rice and grilled pork chops, which my sister cooked. I know, I got the easy part! :D

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7 shared thoughts:

Winnie at: Fri Mar 15, 06:37:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Oh this Tartufo looks soooooooooooo GOOD
Thanks for the party Maiylah :)

Hazel at: Fri Mar 15, 08:51:00 AM GMT+8 said...

I just hated those okra and talong when I was a kid; the okra particularly *chuckles* But when I got older I even buy them deliberately myself and yes, eat them quietly, like without announcing to anybody that I have learned to love them over the years :) Bagoong thrown in the mix is quite a winner for me too.

Oggi at: Fri Mar 15, 09:20:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Oh those tiny eggplants are good, very sweet without a hint of bitterness. I love them!

Dominique Goh at: Fri Mar 15, 10:10:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Tatufo.. I really miss eating that.. great feature this week.

Intelliblog at: Sat Mar 16, 06:08:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Thank you featuring my blog. In today's page, I have an Indonesian recipe!

maiylah at: Sat Mar 16, 03:04:00 PM GMT+8 said...

@Winnie: so true!!

@Hazel: me, too. lol. i guess our tastes does change as we mature (and realize that fiber is very important!). am just hoping that my taste buds (and eating habits) will learn to differentiate between what's healthy and what's not. :D

@Ms. Oggi: that was what the vendor told me when he heard me comment about the eggplants being so small! i just had to try them, and he was right! now I am really hooked!

@Dominique: they do look tempting, don't they?

@Nick: you're welcome! i love the Indonesian recipe! will try to make something similar...

THANK YOU so much for playing again this week, everyone! love the diversity of food being shared this week!

Have a great weekend!

Tetcha Figuerres at: Thu Mar 21, 04:20:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Oh my, I'm reminded of "pinakbet," only that your veggies are steamed and not sauteed. I would love to pair your steamed eggplant and okra with daing na bangus. Yummy!

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