Having a look around my fridge, I have several vegetables to use up, Aubergine, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers etc so now – what do we fancy, Indian, Middle Eastern- no Italian – Caponata to be precise, an Aubergine based vegetarian ‘stew’
One thing I love about Aldi is the quality of their Veg- it is great, and lasts ages – however, no idea why their Aubergines are individually wrapped! Waste of plastic in my view….
There are a thousand recipes to go to, but I have based it on This one (as a guide) Yotam Ottolenghi is one of my food gods, so if it’s good enough for him…… with a few alterations to suit what we have in.
To start, I cut an Aubergine into cubes
gently fry off in some olive oil till browned
Cut a medium onion into chunks, ditto a yellow pepper and some field mushrooms, fry these off till softened, add sliced celery, a couple of chopped garlic cloves
season well and add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and stir through.
Add a half A dozen small tomatoes, half a jar of olives (I have used black, as it’s what I have in) a tablespoon of capers, A good squidge of tomato purée.
Stir though and simmer for 10 minutes or so. I have added a splash of balsamic and a splash of water to create a sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning, you may need to add a teaspoon of sugar if too tart, the juice of half a lemon will freshen it up, some chopped basil leaves a dusting of Parmesan – whatever makes it taste good for you.
Traditionally, you would leave this to cool to room temperature, but I am steaming some Cous Cous with Veg stock.
To plate up a little Cous Cous and a tumble of the Caponata- simple but delicious 😋