Monday 9 March 2009

Baba Ghanoush (Roasted Aubergine Dip)

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Not one of the prettiest dips you'll ever see, but certainly one of the best, or at least that's what I think.

I'm not in much of a mood to write loads today. I was looking forward to get back into it, but I've spend all day speaking to the police and insurance companies, as my bike has been stolen again. I only just replaced the one that was stolen in November and now it's gone again. Swines.

Oh well, as I said it's kind of put a bit of a damper on my mood and I can't think of anything witty or interesting to write. Therefore I'll just leave you with this great recipe for one of my favourite dips, perfect with warm pita.

Baba Ghanoush

3 medium aubergines (eggplants)
2 tbsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 210C/425F/Gas 7.

Place the aubergines in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes. The skin should be brown and they should be soft to the touch.

When done, cut them in half and scoop the flesh into a sieve. Squeeze out any of the excess moisture.

Place everything into a blender and puree until smooth.

Taste and add more lemon juice if needed.

If you want an extra creamy dip stir in about 1/3 cup of yoghurt.


Maggie said...

I've never eaten Baba Ghanoush - but have always loved the recipe title! Simple recipes made with good ingredients are often the best.
Hope your bike turns up very soon.

Lucy May Schofield said...

Oh Sylvie, I just can't believe your bike's been stolen again. What an awful shame. Cooking will cheer you I hope x

pigpigscorner said...

Sorry about your bike, hope you get it back soon!

I love dips made with aubergine...yum yum!

Nic said...

So sorry to hear that your bike has been stolen again. :( I'm not surprised you don't feel in the mood.
The dip looks really good. I made this once and I was the only one who liked it.

Anne said...

I've never tried this but am sure would like it!

Sorry to hear about your bike x

oneordinaryday said...

Sorry about your bike.
But your dip sounds great! I'm bookmarking it to make soon.

Anonymous said...

oh no, sorry about your bike. how annoying.
my husband's bike was stolen recently, too. this was his second time, too.

Jan said...

Sylvie I'm so sorry to hear your second bike has been taken.
Love the recipe.

Marie Rayner said...

OH Sylvie, I am soooo disappointed for you and the fact that your bike has been stolen yet again!! How annoying! That dip on the other hand, looks really delicious!

Brennan Falkner said...

I have how everybody is crazy about hummus, but where I can find 20 varieties of it I'm lucky to find any Baba Ghanoush... which is depressing since it's so much better.

Gloria Baker said...

Sylvie, sorry by your bike. Is sad!!
This Baba Ghanush look so nice and tasty!!. huggs!! dear, Gloria

sangeeta said...

hey ...i agree this is one of the best dips.........cuz it is so easy to make n yum too...

Deborah said...

Sorry about your bike!! But this dip would cheer me up!

Sylvie said...

Thanks everyone for the supportive and lovely comments.

Anonymous said...

How rotten about your bike! Maybe a little tea some extra nice biscuits are in order?

Sam said...

I've been meaning to make baba ganoush for months now, it sounds so good!

Sorry to hear your bikes been stolen again, I hope you get it sorted soon.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh Sylvie, I am sorry to read this news of your bike being stolen yet again!! Let me make you a cuppa and pass you a slice of cake.

Rosie x

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, Baba Ghanoush is one of my favorite foods of all time... Yours looks especially beautiful! The perfect comfort food for your unfortunate bike situation... I hope it's resolved soon!

(btw, I discovered your lovely blog through No Croutons Required, and I'm so glad I did! :-)

Susan Morris said...

I'm so sorry to hear your bike was stolen once again Sylvie....Lets hope the police can locate it for you.
I'm saving your recipe to make for my vegetarian DIL when she arrives in 10 days.

Naomi Devlin said...

I feel your pain - I've been parted from my bike while it goes to the doctors after a crash. Baba ganoush is such comfort food that maybe you can forget your troubles for a few minutes - and at least your immune system will be firing on all cylinders with that garlic and tahini.

x x x

David Hall said...

Love it, one of our favourite 'dips'


Anonymous said...

MMMM, that looks so good, Sylvie! I can see why you teach photography, your pics are amazing! What a talent you have!

J.L. Danger said...

This looks soooo good. I wish my pictures looked half as good as yours. Sorry about your bike though.

sangeeta said...

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thepassionatecook said...

i made baba ghanouj last night - after a life-altering (in terms of BG) experience at an iraqi restaurant. i hadn't had BG all that much before, but whenever i had had it, it tasted kind of bland. i think they didn't roast the aubergines enough. i charred them properly yesterday and the taste was, what can i say... amazing. i have fallen head over heels in love with this dish and i so much prefer the middle eastern version (with tahini) to the turkish (just with joghurt).

Maria♥ said...

I've never had Baba Ghanoush and I adore aubergines! I have to try this soon, it looks and sounds delish.


The Liberty Belle said...

I simply love baba ghanoush. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Nice blog!