Food is influenced by the times we live in. Certain times we need to change our habits due to food supply restrictions. Nowadays this happens in the winter when the watermelon supply gets short and the prices go up. And we are bumped. Awwww 😦 . Did I mention that it is not even seedless? I know! Total agony. We turn to forget some other times back in the turn of the last century when war was a reality to every part of the world; from Europe to Americas and from Asia to Africa. Back then food supply was already short and the war made it even worst. Lucky people had to improvise and adjust their habits; most would just suffer.
This is an inevitable post. Inevitable since just in the previous I presented the sibling dish of this one, the hummus. This one is all about eggplant. The one plant that has become a stable food around Mediterranean and primarily in the middle-eastern countries. Most of these countries rely heavily on vegetables as power source. Eggplant is not one of them. It is a plant, but not a power source. With a mere 25 kcal per 100 g of the fruit, eggplant is food with low energy value. It does have some other minerals and vitamins, but again they are not even enough to make eggplant a “super-food”. Then why do we eat it? Why is it so valuable in Middle East, India etc?
The blog over the years has evolved and changed many times. Different hosts, platforms and focus. Now as we finish 2013 I finally completely one of the most daunting task: migrating the site to brand new host running on brand new platform. I decided to do that to get away from software binding publishing platforms. I started playing around with WordPress around this time and in July the transition was finally over. After that the optimization of the site with widgets and plugins took a few for months. This came complete with social media integration and fan pages. Some recipes were published also in the meantime and I moved. Fourth house since I start blogging. The first recipe will also come soon!