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Posted: 3/1/2015 10:25:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2015 12:11:14 AM EDT by Marie]
I've not made this in a couple of years, but had the craving today. It's Lent, which means I go veggie. Middle Eastern food is my favorite ethnic cuisine. Imam Bayaldi (aka the imam fainted) is traditionally a stuffed eggplant, but I was given this version years ago. I loathe eggplant in any other dish. The name of the dish, Imam Bayaldi, means "the imam fainted." Per my Middle Eastern cookbook, legend has it that an imam came back to his home after a day of fasting. This dish was being cooked, and smelled so good, he fainted dead away.

It multiples well, but this is the base:

As much garlic as you want, cloves crushed (I use a ton)
At least 1 chopped onion (I used two small ones)
Olive oil (the good stuff - I use extra virgin from Greece, that's a lovely green color)
1 large can diced tomatoes, lightly drained (I prefer petite diced) - I added an extra can (regular sized)
1 eggplant, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute garlic in plenty of olive oil until the aroma rises in a big pot (I use a 6 qt). Add onions. Saute until the onions are soft.

While the garlic and onions are cooking, in a skillet or other pot, fry the eggplant in plenty of oil olive (add more if it gets dry) until soft.

When the garlic/onions are soft, add diced tomatoes. Have pot simmering nicely. When the eggplant is done, add it to tomatoes/onions/garlic. Simmer until eggplant is just about falling apart, 30-45 minutes.

Serve with rice or couscous. I add plenty of fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt.

It tastes even better the next day. You can eat it hot or cold, but I prefer it hot.



Dinner pic

On the right is my EDC 9mm Shield with EDC knife, a Spyderdo Delica (yes, it's purple). On the left is my M&P 9. Beverage is Granny Smith Woodchuck Hard Cider

Deduct points for no rifle, if you must, but I don't own one.





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That sounds and looks delicious!

As you said, -1 for no long arm, so 9/10
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 10:38:11 PM EDT
It does sound good. Actually looks tasty too. Nice presentation, well laid out.
-1 no meat.
-1 no place mat.
Good job OP.
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Originally Posted By Throwsabender:
It does sound good. Actually looks tasty too. Nice presentation, well laid out.
-1 no meat.
-1 no place mat.
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Thank you.

Well, since it's Lent, this is deliberately meatless.

I don't own a single place mat (I eat at a breakfast bar/big counter between LR & kitchen - no room for a table).

ACK! I just remembered I forgot a bit of lemon juice on top. I cooked this from memory.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 10:53:48 PM EDT
Ok dude, coming from a fellow Catholic, why are you going veggie for lent? Is it what you gave up or just different practices?
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 10:54:59 PM EDT
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I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:04:48 PM EDT
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I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.
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Originally Posted By Marie:
Originally Posted By Raider14:
Ok dude, coming from a fellow Catholic, why are you going veggie for lent? Is it what you gave up or just different practices?


I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.


Ahhhhhhh understood and my apologies, I forget there are more than 3 chicks on this site
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Ahhhhhhh understood and my apologies, I forget there are more than 3 chicks on this site
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Originally Posted By Marie:
Originally Posted By Raider14:
Ok dude, coming from a fellow Catholic, why are you going veggie for lent? Is it what you gave up or just different practices?


I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.


Ahhhhhhh understood and my apologies, I forget there are more than 3 chicks on this site


Apology accepted. It's actually funny how many guys forget/ignore my very female name. I made it easy for you guys to tell I'm a chick, but it just goes over the heads of a number of you.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:08:48 PM EDT
Looks pretty tasty.

8/10

-1 no long gun
-1 no meat
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:11:02 PM EDT
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To be fair I notice an avatar more than names on this site!


But even I knew you were of the female variety!


eta, I would likely eat that!

8/10
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:12:48 PM EDT
+1 for middle east cuisine

-1 for S&W M&P over Glock and H&K

10/10
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:15:24 PM EDT
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+1 for middle east cuisine

-1 for S&W M&P over Glock and H&K

10/10
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I'll have to do a dinner pic with Ferakh bel Tamatem (Middle Eastern chicken & tomatoes) after Easter. Yummm...

As for M&P, they fit my small hands. I shoot them well. Glocks don't fit my hands. No clue about H&K. I call my pistols "Big Sis" (M&P 9) and "Little Sis" (Shield).



Eh, it's all good.


Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:15:37 PM EDT
Tag for my own use. Thanks!


You can borrow a rifle anytime you want to do a dinner pick but it looks fine either way.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:18:34 PM EDT
Looks delicious!
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I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.
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Originally Posted By Marie:
Originally Posted By Raider14:
Ok dude, coming from a fellow Catholic, why are you going veggie for lent? Is it what you gave up or just different practices?


I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.

Looks delish!
I think that's gonna be on this Friday's menu. What kind of rice would be good, long grain white rice? Never made couse-couse (sp?)...
I gave up booze for Lent, but don't eat meat, other than fish, every Friday.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:26:53 PM EDT
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Looks delish!
I think that's gonna be on this Friday's menu. What kind of rice would be good, long grain white rice? Never made couse-couse (sp?)...
I gave up booze for Lent, but don't eat meat, other than fish, every Friday.
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I think you could use whatever kind of rice you want. The only friends I know who use rice with this can't have any type of wheat.

Couscous is wheat, very small rolled bits of it. Boil water, add couscous. Let sit for 5 minutes. Eat.

It's very simple. Much easier than rice. You'll find it in a box in the rice aisle.

ETA: this would be a nice change from the usual Catholic Friday fare (I grew up Catholic, so I know this well) - some sort of fish sandwich (Filet O' Fish) or fish sticks, cheese or veggie pizza, mac & cheese, spaghetti with meatless sauce. Heck, even brinner (breakfast for dinner) - eggs, pancakes, French toast - are a change.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:29:27 PM EDT
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I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.
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Originally Posted By Marie:
Originally Posted By Raider14:
Ok dude, coming from a fellow Catholic, why are you going veggie for lent? Is it what you gave up or just different practices?


I'm Orthodox, not Catholic. The traditional fasting discipline is no meat, no dairy, although people follow it to varying degrees.

I'm a chick, too.


This couldn't have been made as a sandwich?
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Originally Posted By Marie:

I'm a chick, too.


This couldn't have been made as a sandwich?


Men!



Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:47:03 PM EDT
Marie
its a solid 10/10
Being as I am starving right now . it looks Darn good . I have eaten , Asparagus , Broccoli , Cauliflower , Lettuce , Rice , Oatmeal , Cream of Wheat , everything but meat and I am still hungry
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:47:37 PM EDT
I can smell it through my screen! Looks awesome!!

10/10

Screw the long arm. I can tell you are an up close and personal type.
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I think you could use whatever kind of rice you want. The only friends I know who use rice with this can't have any type of wheat.

Couscous is wheat, very small rolled bits of it. Boil water, add couscous. Let sit for 5 minutes. Eat.

It's very simple. Much easier than rice. You'll find it in a box in the rice aisle.

ETA: this would be a nice change from the usual Catholic Friday fare (I grew up Catholic, so I know this well) - some sort of fish sandwich (Filet O' Fish) or fish sticks, cheese or veggie pizza, mac & cheese, spaghetti with meatless sauce. Heck, even brinner (breakfast for dinner) - eggs, pancakes, French toast - are a change.
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Originally Posted By raygixxer89:

Looks delish!
I think that's gonna be on this Friday's menu. What kind of rice would be good, long grain white rice? Never made couse-couse (sp?)...
I gave up booze for Lent, but don't eat meat, other than fish, every Friday.


I think you could use whatever kind of rice you want. The only friends I know who use rice with this can't have any type of wheat.

Couscous is wheat, very small rolled bits of it. Boil water, add couscous. Let sit for 5 minutes. Eat.

It's very simple. Much easier than rice. You'll find it in a box in the rice aisle.

ETA: this would be a nice change from the usual Catholic Friday fare (I grew up Catholic, so I know this well) - some sort of fish sandwich (Filet O' Fish) or fish sticks, cheese or veggie pizza, mac & cheese, spaghetti with meatless sauce. Heck, even brinner (breakfast for dinner) - eggs, pancakes, French toast - are a change.

Wow, my Fridays to a tee, except for the occasional nice fish cut or fresh shrimp from the butcher's case. I guess I'll try some couscous, thank you!
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Marie
its a solid 10/10
Being as I am starving right now . it looks Darn good . I have eaten , Asparagus , Broccoli , Cauliflower , Lettuce , Rice , Oatmeal , Cream of Wheat , everything but meat and I am still hungry
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Sweet Jesus, no wonder you're still hungry. That's some nasty crap you've been eating (I loathe asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, Cream of Wheat).
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:50:34 PM EDT
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I can smell it through my screen! Looks awesome!!

10/10

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That's what I've trained for.
Link Posted: 3/1/2015 11:59:20 PM EDT
Did you just call me eggplant?
Link Posted: 3/2/2015 12:02:42 AM EDT
Looks damn good, I love Middle Eastern food, in fact I'm going to make some tagine chicken sometime this week. I actually try to stock up on Ras El Hanout every time I go to Pittsburgh or Cleveland because finding it here in the really BFE parts of Pennsyltucky can be a little problematic, but I have a fresh stash to use.

Not going to score it, but you get extra credit for the M&P and Shield. I carry an M&P 45 every day and my GF has been hinting (and not so subtly either) that she really, really, really wouldn't mind if I got her a Shield as an early birthday present. Or a retroactive one from last year. Either way she really wants one. Really.
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Looks damn good, I love Middle Eastern food, in fact I'm going to make some tagine chicken sometime this week. I actually try to stock up on Ras El Hanout every time I go to Pittsburgh or Cleveland because finding it here in the really BFE parts of Pennsyltucky can be a little problematic, but I have a fresh stash to use.

Not going to score it, but you get extra credit for the M&P and Shield. I carry an M&P 45 every day and my GF has been hinting (and not so subtly either) that she really, really, really wouldn't mind if I got her a Shield as an early birthday present. Or a retroactive one from last year. Either way she really wants one. Really.
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Get your gal the Shield. I've carried it daily for a year (got my CCL on March 5th last year :D) on body and it's so easy to carry. Comfortable, even, which is kind of weird to say about your EDC. I carry appendix about 1:30 or 2 o'clock, and it pretty much disappears, even under snug, stretchy tops

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Why, yes, I did!

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Link Posted: 3/2/2015 12:17:48 AM EDT
Looks great. I made schawarma a few nights ago.
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Why, yes, I did!

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Did you just call me eggplant?


Why, yes, I did!

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Good.

9/10

Paper napkin -1
Link Posted: 3/2/2015 12:57:28 AM EDT
Looks really good. Nice presentation. 10/10


I have been doing lamb curry in a tikka masala style and eggplant and tomatoes a lot lately. I read that the turmeric is good for maintaining your sugar levels. I did naan bread last time.

Oh, how could one not like eggplant parm? I was going to make some this week but the eggplant in the market looked kind of ratty.
Link Posted: 3/2/2015 1:49:08 AM EDT
I got a neat book on medieval middle eastern cuisine for Christmas. I've been reading the book, but haven't tried any of the recipes yet (it's a mix of history/recipes).

Looks good, you've inspired me to make something from it soon.

9/10....gotta deduct for lack of a rifle or shotgun.
Link Posted: 3/2/2015 2:17:08 AM EDT
Looks great, I'll have to try it sometime.

I'd imagine the garlic would start to burn by the time the onions are done, or are you stirring the whole time?
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Looks great, I'll have to try it sometime.

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Garlic doesn't start to burn. I stir it occasionally. They might start to get a bit brown, but that's it.

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Link Posted: 3/2/2015 10:39:00 AM EDT
Looks great, OP!

10/10

-1 No long gun. Remedy that, and not just for dinner pics!
+1 For your observance of Lent. (+11, honestly, for your observance and discipline!)

Awesome job, and looks/sounds very tasty, and I'm a meat guy through and through!


Side note: I have an issue with burning garlic as well. I must be cooking it too hot.
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Looks great, OP!

10/10

-1 No long gun. Remedy that, and not just for dinner pics!
+1 For your observance of Lent. (+11, honestly, for your observance and discipline!)

Awesome job, and looks/sounds very tasty, and I'm a meat guy through and through!


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Thank you. :)

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I think you need to do a dinner pic. Yum.

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Link Posted: 3/2/2015 1:16:56 PM EDT
Thanks or the dinner tip. Wife is working today so I have to make dinner, she is vegan.
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She's in for a nice surprise. Let me know how she likes it.

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Middle eastern is my favorite also. I love the kibbee, hummus, and tabbouleh combo. Fatayeh is really good also. If you really wanted it to be authentic you would have an ak47 and schmaug in the pic:)
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Get your gal the Shield. I've carried it daily for a year (got my CCL on March 5th last year :D) on body and it's so easy to carry. Comfortable, even, which is kind of weird to say about your EDC. I carry appendix about 1:30 or 2 o'clock, and it pretty much disappears, even under snug, stretchy tops

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Looks damn good, I love Middle Eastern food, in fact I'm going to make some tagine chicken sometime this week. I actually try to stock up on Ras El Hanout every time I go to Pittsburgh or Cleveland because finding it here in the really BFE parts of Pennsyltucky can be a little problematic, but I have a fresh stash to use.

Not going to score it, but you get extra credit for the M&P and Shield. I carry an M&P 45 every day and my GF has been hinting (and not so subtly either) that she really, really, really wouldn't mind if I got her a Shield as an early birthday present. Or a retroactive one from last year. Either way she really wants one. Really.


Get your gal the Shield. I've carried it daily for a year (got my CCL on March 5th last year :D) on body and it's so easy to carry. Comfortable, even, which is kind of weird to say about your EDC. I carry appendix about 1:30 or 2 o'clock, and it pretty much disappears, even under snug, stretchy tops

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She's out in Ohio right now visiting her parents, but when she gets back I think we're going to go shopping. She loves shooting my .45, but doesn't want any part of carrying one as an EDC piece.

Ironically enough her dad is a big wheel gun guy, he probably has 30-40 revolvers and just recently got his first automatic as a Christmas present to himself, she was checking it out (he got a Ruger SR-40) and called me laughing, she said he said,"I should have listened to you two and gotten the M&P, oh well that'll be next!"

Okay thread hijack over, and yes today I am making chicken tagine, and will catch hell for making it while she's not here. Oh well I can make more.
Link Posted: 3/2/2015 7:42:31 PM EDT
I need the chicken tagine recipe for after Easter. ;)

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Tag for later this summer when my eggplant and tomatoes grow.

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Link Posted: 3/3/2015 3:48:41 AM EDT
Thanks for the recipe lady! Just made it ....good enough for "kick your daddy, slap your momma" status.

-Cheers!
Link Posted: 3/6/2015 9:11:26 PM EDT
Alright Mary, I just started letting it simmer. Smells really good!
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Do you add the salt and pepper after cooking?
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Do you add the salt and pepper after cooking?
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Alright Mary, I just started letting it simmer. Smells really good!

Do you add the salt and pepper after cooking?


Yes. How did you like it?

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