Sorry, not sorry (CtBF: Baba Ganoush)

"You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." - Abraham Lincoln
"Sometimes you have to do what you don't like to get to where you want to be." - Tori Amos
In the never-ending list of foods that are or are not generally acceptable for consumption in Chez Cher, it can be very challenging to get a meal on the table depending who is sitting at the table...

Hamburgers on the grill - two yays, one nay
Duck - one nay, two yays
Pancakes for dinner - two yays, one nay
Grilled fish - two yays, one nay
Eggplant (other than in Eggplant Parm form) - three nays

I knew this was going to be a tough sell going in. I couldn't even sell myself on the idea.

It wasn't going to matter how much tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne pepper were added. You can cover it up with parsley. You can put it in a pretty dish. You can serve it along side olive oil brushed, grilled pita bread (yum).

I wanted this to be a game changer. Kind of, but not totally.

I guess I'm at the point in life where I know what I like and what I don't like. Isn't one of the "definitions" of insanity doing the same thing the same way but expecting different results?

Eggplant and I have been around the block a few times. We just weren't meant to be. Sorry. Not sorry.

But the pita was delicious!

This post participates in Cook the Book Fridays, where a group is currently working their way through David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen (not an affiliate link). A recipe for Baba Ganoush can be found here on David's site..

Peace out.



  1. Aw I'm sorry you didn't like this one. Maybe if you changed the recipe up a bit.... ;D

  2. I have missed your posts so much! You've got me chuckling big time. Knowing what you like is part of growing up, right? I should take your advice when it comes to the pickier, oops, more mature and opinionated eater chez moi. Eggplant and I are pals, but they try and don't see eye to eye. Glad to be cooking with you again!

  3. I think having eggplant on the table regularly as a kid made me look forward to this. I really loved this! But for me the tahini clinched the deal :)

  4. It is hard to please every one. I am an adventurous eater and I'm lukewarm with the baba ganoush. I like eggplant though. So go figure. You win some and lose one. It's all good.

  5. Sorry this didn't work out for you but if eggplant isn't your thing there's nothing you can do about. Surprisingly I am not fond of it either, but I didn't even realize it in this recipe. Must have been the added tahini and garlic that killed the flavor.

  6. A Tori Amos quote! I think that being willing to try things, however they challenge you, is what defines a brave palate. You can't like everything, but you can't say you didn't give it a shot.

  7. Good for you to have made it, even when you know that you won't like it!

  8. Welcome back, Cher. (I know I have already said that once.) So this didn't work for you. I get it. It looks delicious. Did anyone at least try it? The dog? The dogs? The neighbors? The neighbor's dogs? I think, with a little effort, you could have sold this to someone. Next week, a different recipe.


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