Simple and Healthy Fried Eggplant

The eggplant is such an interesting vegetable and one of my favorite looking (giant purple raindrop with hair).    Whether eaten as a snack, or as the main attraction in a hearty meal, eggplant is something I enjoy frequently.

A great and really simple way I like to prepare it is fried or grilled with just a dash of salt/pepper and a good lug of extra virgin olive oil.   Sometimes things are just best plain and simple!  I eat this as a snack or as a side dish with dinner or lunch.

Get a couple good sized eggplants as they shrink when cooked and slice them into 1/2 centimeter thick round slices.  If you want the eggplant to have a denser consistency, rub coarse salt on the slices and let them sit in a colander for about 40 minutes to an hour.  This draws the water out so you won’t end up with soggy eggplant.  I have done it both ways and like both; it doesn’t get gross soggy if you fry on a med high heat and crisp the edges.  Just personal preference I guess.    Then salt and pepper to your liking, drizzle with some nice flavorful olive oil, or butter if you prefer, and you’re ready to go.  Heat up your skillet or throw some coals on the barby, and cook each side until golden brown.   To take this a step further, you can dip the slices in an egg batter and then rub them with bread crumbs.  Eat up!

More Eggplant ideas:

-eggplant lasagne

-stuffed, baked eggplant with meat, veggies and spices (kinda like stuffed peppers)

-grilled eggplant panini

-eggplant parmesan

-roasted eggplant soup

Images shot with natural light.  4 black cards; 3 camera left to bring in shadow, 1 camera right to block light.  3 white cards; 1 directly camera right, 1 camera back right, 1 camera back left.  24-105mm lens at 100mm. iso 125

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Sliced Eggplant on wooden table

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Sorry for the long stretch dear readers.  Every year our photo program goes away to beautiful Port Townsend for the second years to finish their portfolios and for the 1st year to assist them.  This year it was my turn to finish up my portfolio which was intimidating but I had a great time and shot some fun images to boot!

And so, on this beautiful sunny day I bring you lemon tarts!  I bought these at a cozy bakery/restaurant called Sweet Laurette’s which sits atop a hill by the sea in a quaint old building with lots of character. (sorry! no photos, next time!)   Their food and pastries are very delicious with strong, unique flavors and a beautiful presentation.  I was quite happy when I walked in and saw lemon tarts sitting in the pastry case as they are one of my favorite desserts, or snacks… 🙂   They proved to be not only photogenic, but all kinds of tasty amazing!!

I experimented with using the 85mm 1.2 lens this week just to switch it up from the 45 tilt shift and the 100mm L IS.   Oh my word, I am all about it!   This lens is one of my new favorites because it gives tack sharp results on whatever one is focusing on.  It also has a excellent weight to it, meaning it’s a hot beast with a dainty, crisp look.  These photos are both shot with natural light and two white cards both on camera left.  Settings are 85mm at f/1.2,  1/500, ISO 125.  If you have a rental place close by,  I recommend trying this one out!

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