Good news, everyone! Our eggplant has started producing fruit. This is our first attempt at growing eggplant, and we are quite pleased with the results. To honor its first picking, I made pasta alla Norma, a classic Sicilian dish.
I made pasta alla Norma only once before while studying in Italy a few years ago. I vaguely remember my chef professor relating a sweeping tale about this pasta’s grand origins. As legend would have it, pasta alla Norma was first created in the nineteenth century for the opening night of Bellini’s opera.
The eggplant is truly the star of this dish. Honestly, I would have been happy with double the amount of eggplant—something to note for next time. Do look for more dishes featuring the wonderful eggplant, which, I would argue, deserves much more recognition than it currently receives in many circles.
I have now completed 55 of Batali’s 327 recipes. Percentage complete: 16.82%