One of my friends has the honour of being born on the very last day of the year and, as is the custom, is hosting a birthday BBQ.
Devastatingly, his lovely wife is sick and I have therefore offered my salad making skills to help out with preparation for the shin dig. But what to make!?
Looking through the veggie crisper, I noticed I had some eggplants which needed using, along with a solitary mango, some miso paste, garlic, coriander, ginger and a bag of mixed greens. Combined with the walnuts and soba noodles I knew I had stashed in the pantry, inspiration hit.
What follows is a combination of an Ottolenghi and a Hetty McKinnon recipe, both of which I’ve had before and loved… what could be better than combining the two?
Miso Eggplant and Mango Salad
Spray extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tablespoons mild miso paste
200 mls of dashi, vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons salt reduced soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon of cooking sake
1 round of soba noodles
½ cup green onions, finely chopped
1/2 bunch of coriander, finely chopped
1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 200C
Cut eggplants into rounds, and each round into quarters. Place on baking tray, spray with EVOO and roast for 20-25 minutes
Meanwhile, cook ginger and garlic on a low heat until fragrant. Add the miso, mirin, soy, honey, sake and water/stock/dashi and let heat until getting thicker.
Cook soba noodles as per packet directions (mine says to cook for 4 mins in rapidly boiling water) and refresh under cold water immediately.
Remove eggplant, place in bowl and pour over dressing. You probably wont need all the dressing for only 2 eggplants so use common sense. Stir through the soba noodles
Chop the mango into bite sized pieces and add to the eggplant, soba mixture.
Add mixed greens, coriander and walnuts.
Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from a Hetty McKinnon recipe found in Community (and here: https://thebackyardlemontree.com/2014/11/17/miso-eggplant-with-soba-noodles-and-walnuts/)
and an Ottolenghi recipe found in Plenty (and here: http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/soba-noodles-with-aubergine-and-mango-shop)
Image sourced from: mysecondbreakfast.com