I have pinched this recipe from BBC Good Food, but that’s because it really is good food. I used toasted sesame oil for the aubergines instead of olive oil, and olive oil instead of ‘walnut pickling liquid’ and walnut oil. I also used a real chilli instead of flakes, and dried cranberries instead of pomegranate seeds.
Anyway, I often have a craving for aubergines (which are full of B vitamins, manganese, copper, potassium, iron, as well as cancer-preventative flavonoids) and this combines their lovely subtle flavour with a yummy, exotic mix of fruit and spices. The recipe was written by brilliant Israeli cook Yotam Ottolenghi.
- For the salsa
- Preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas 8. Cut both the aubergines in half lengthways and score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern. Brush the flesh liberally with the oil then sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Place on a baking tray, flesh-side up, and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until the flesh is cooked through and turns a dark golden-brown.
- Meanwhile, make the salsa. Mix together the walnuts, walnut pickling liquid, vinegar, garlic, chilli, walnut oil, parsley and half the coriander with one teaspoon of salt.
- Spoon the salsa over the aubergines as soon as they come out of the oven and leave to cool completely. Just before serving, sprinkle the remaining coriander on top along with the goats’ cheese and pomegranate seeds.