Julia Child's La Tentation de Bramafam (Eggplant Caviar with Walnuts)
One thing I miss about my life in Boston is Moveable Feasts. I miss the meals that lasted for hours, my friends that made me laugh and cry and laugh until I cried, and the delicious food. Over the years, Julia Child's recipes featured prominently. We even had an entire feast dedicated to her.
I don't remember which feast inspired me to try this recipe but as I thumbed through my volumes of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I came upon this recipe. Other than the name, La Tentation de Bramafam, this recipe did not seem to be what I would consider a French dish - Mediterranean, yes, French, not so much. It was enough that I was intrigued and decided to make it.
(A quick note about the recipe name. I did some Internet sleuthing and discovered that Domaine de Bramafam was Simone Beck's home in Provence. Julia Child had a home, La Pitcholine, on the property. Thus the name of this dish, translates to the Temptation of Bramafam.)
At the end of summer, this is a great dish to make use of the abundance of eggplant. Yes, you need to turn on the oven which may not be preferable in the heat but I find it is well worth the effort. I prefer to eat the tentation at room temperature when it is softer but also find myself impatient enough to eat it straight from the refrigerator.
This post is dedicated to my friend Susie, who was not fond of eggplant. She tried this dish and it changed her mind about eggplant so much so that she named it Eggplant Loveliness.