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One From Column “A” – Five Spice Asian Eggplant

I’m only marginally ashamed to admit it – I buy grocery store sushi. Why? It’s brainless food. It’s a quick dinner without all the muss and fuss of actually getting in there and whooping up a tasty and healthy meal… but … I only bought one pack without really looking at what I bought, and in it were 8 pieces of brown rice California Roll and 4 pieces of brown rice Salmon Nigiri. I thought I picked up something with a better selection for two people. Which still puts me in the kitchen – cooking. Poking around in the fridge looking for something to augment tonight’s dinner with, I came across my “bounty” of Asian eggplant from the garden – all three of them. The eggplants have been a cruel joke all season as my plants are only giving up the goods (that’s one) every couple of weeks or so, and trying to find something to do with  a single, small, skinny aubergine is next to impossible… and, by the time I have enough to do something with, the …

One From Column B …

Recently Sung, a good friend of mine from Taiwan, asked why I don’t write about good Chinese recipes. A fair enough question… The truth? I don’t know any. I mean, I make a killer Fragrant Crispy Duck and a passable Peking Duck – but that’s pretty much the extent of my repertoire. Anything else I try just ends up being a generic stir fry… and you don’t need me to tell you how to do that. And… since I’m being perfectly honest,  if I want Mu Shu Pork or Mongolian Beef – I’m going to go someplace that knows how to make it right, and not waste the fifteen bucks in groceries to make an inedible copy. I’m all for Cooking the World, but sometimes you just have to admit someone does  something better than you… and besides, I love those little white boxes. But Sung’s question stuck with me, and while I’ve been recuperating from last week’s wedding I thought I’d relax by putting my spin on a Take Out Classic…. Chicken with Snow Peas – and see …