while i'm a huge fan of eggplant (or aubergine for some of you), i have to admit it's not the most attractive of vegetables. your typical globe variety, perfect for making eggplant parmesan, reminds me of a purple mr. potatohead. and lets not even start about the phallic shape of the japanese variety (not that there's anything wrong with phallic shaped vegetables. some of my favorite vegetables happen to be shaped like, well, you know . . . ).
but it seems that the eggplant has gotten a bit of a makeover. while strolling through farmers markets this summer, i've noticed some real cute eggplant that i can't help oogling over. yesterday, while making my routine wednesday stroll at the heart of the city farmers market, i couldn't help but bring some of these cuties home with me. i picked up about a dozen of miniature egg-shaped eggplant (so that's where the name comes from!) and also some light green round-shaped eggplants that more resemble an unripened tomato than its purple mr. potatohead sibling. these tomato-like eggplants are actually called the thai round eggplant, popular in southeast asia. however, i have no idea how i should prepare these petite varieties. if you have a recipe, please send it along and i'll be sure to blog about how it goes. but for now, i'll just keep on oogling.