How to cook eggplant has been streamlined so that you can prepare this marvelous vegetable in just half an hour.
The recipe below is especially for those who hate taking statins, but love their eggs, butter and cream. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, if you regularly consume foods like these.
Wherever the Indian tribes from the subcontinent have made a home for themselves in the diaspora, like South Africa, it is known as a brinjal; and in Europe an aubergine. An eggplant by any other name would taste just as sweet.
Chopping the onions might seem obvious but there is an art to doing it quickly and efficiently so the sulphurous-acid vapours don't burn the eyes.
Chop the onion in half lengthways from top to bottom. Cut off the tip, peel, but retain the root-end.
Cut slices longitudinally, almost down to the chopping-board.
Now cross-cut and finally remove the root end. Voilà, it is so simple.
A tomato a day keeps the urologist at bay. Dinkum, men who eat them daily have half the rate of the most nasty and prevalent tumours of the prostate gland. It all has to do with a phytonutrient called a lycopene; the suggestion is that when cooked it is more readily absorbed in the intestine, especially with a little extra-fat.
It belongs to a group of phytonutrients called carotenoids that are antioxidants, protecting us against the dangerous effects of free-radicals. It is best enjoyed in pink and red foods like tomatoes and watermelons; and papaya too, rather than from supplements.
There is plenty of research showing that those who do not get adequate lycopene from their food are more prone to a host of serious conditions like macular-degeneration and Lou Gehrig's disease too but larger studies are needed to prove that conclusively.
In short eat more tomatoes, the richest-source; they partner so well with eggplant.
How to cook eggplant is a simple, basic ratatouille recipe. It is one small part of getting your cholesterol in shape by normal means without the use of statins.
The taste may need to be acquired but faced with the threat of impotence from statins the tongue is easily trained.
Ratatouille is not a complete meal; it is low in protein. In the photo above I have shown it alongside Eggs Florentine, another of our favourite dishes, poached on a bed of spinach.
The more conventional way to cook ratatouille is to add zucchini and a sweet-pepper. Obviously that is fine, but you do have to simmer it rather longer to drive off the extra moisture.
Personally I love bell-peppers, though not cooked for some reason; so I would rather use some chili.
Scientists are still trying to find out what is the active ingredient in eggplants that helps to lower cholesterol. Then it will not be long before you will be inundated with adverts to buy it as an expensive supplement. Myself I will stick with the philosophy of Hippocrates, the father of the healing-sciences; let your food be your medicine.
other important foods that lower cholesterol are by the way, unrefined
rolled-oats, chickpeas and an apple; all salads, vegetables and
fruit too. Eat them regularly and you need have no fear of eggs, butter or cream.
This fried eggplant recipe incidentally is my favourite way to enjoy a brinjal. Dipped in a batter it is simply delicious, and just as quick to prepare and cook.
Another way to increase the protein, of course, is a more traditional Eggplant Parmesan.
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