Happy World Art Day!
I’m not really good at painting or drawing, but I love looking at someone else’s work. My dinner buddy loves drawing and art, so our first date was to a museum in LA. At that time, there was a special exhibition for Tim Burton’s work, and we both love Disney, so it was such a memorable day.
Several years later, we had a chance to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It was raining on a cold day in January, but there was a loooong line to get in, so I was afraid my dinner buddy would say “hey, let’s go back to the hotel.” But surprisingly enough, I heard a few whining but finally got inside after waiting in the line outside for 2 hours.
All the collections were amazing. I admired not only paintings but sculptures, architects, crafts…Seriously, it wasn’t enough for just a single day even if we tried walking fast to get to cover everything. I think we couldn’t cover it all, so the Louvre Museum is the one I really want to visit again.
Now, as I’m being a boss in my own kitchen, I always wonder how I could turn an empty plate with food that encourages people to feel “wow” and their appetite at the same time. Sometimes it gives me a headache about what to cook and how I can make a great presentation with it, and I remembered one of my blogger friends told me a yummy recipe. The ingredients seemed so easy and while I was reading her explanation of how to make it, I was drooling and I knew I’d cook it ASAP! I just needed to try the new ingredients in my kitchen: mozzarella balls in brine and fortunately I found them in my local grocery.
Please, everyone came across today’s post of mine, do give it a try and be an artist today!
Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!
Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Hot Caprese Salad
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- 1 eggplant – thinly sliced
- 2 roma tomato – thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Some basil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar (If you already have a balsamic glaze, that’s perfect!)
- Some salt
- Some black pepper
- Optional – some carrot cut with cookie cutter
- Preheat an oven to 400°F
- Spread parchment sheet on baking pan and line tomatoes. Roast them in the oven for about 15 min.
- While tomatoes are roasted, cook eggplant. Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. Place eggplant and cook until it’s perfectly cooked with a little char mark.
- Make balsamic glaze. Pour balsamic vinegar in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. When the amount is reduced to 2/3, remove from heat and let it sit to cool.
- Make layers with eggplant, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper, and drizzle balsamic glaze. Decorate with carrots. Enjoy!
I cooked eggplant and tomato in different ways because eggplants are perfectly juicy with a little char mark when it’s pan-fried. And it’s so much quicker than roasting them in the oven. For tomatoes, they’re juicy and I was afraid of it sticking to the pan so that I can’t keep the perfectly round shape of tomatoes. If you have non-stick pans, you can probably cook tomatoes with a pan too.
That was fantastic!! Not only did the presentation come out so great, the food tasted absolutely amazing with just simple ingredients and cooking methods. I had never used mozzarella balls in brine for some stupid reason(I thought the brine takes all the yummy umami of mozzarella cheese when they’re soaked in it!! A big lol lol) but it’s going to be my regular item to enjoy this yummy food again, or explore for more!
Thank you Livia from STEAMING CAULDRONS for great inspiration!
As April is being National Garlic Month and Next Tuesday is National Garlic Day, I’ll be sharing flavorful garlic bread that I paired with this food next Monday, so that you can prepare both 2 on Tuesday to celebrate it, so please stay tuned!
Now, let’s be an artist on this World Art Day, all! Have a great artistic weekend, everyone!
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Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)