Dave Cooks: 7 Step Eggplant Parmesan

I am always surprised by the number of people that either say they don’t like eggplant or have simply never tried it.  It is super easy to prepare and is now in season here in new Zealand so you can pick them up from around $1-$3.  Eggplants are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, are a good source of Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre.  Plus, this recipe is so super delicious you will be gagging for seconds and who doesn’t need a vegetariannm,cvxdz night at least once a week?  So…..give this recipe a go and then let me know what you think.

PS I guarantee this recipe is kid friendly, try it and see;

Step 1: Peel the eggplant

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 2: Slice the eggplant into 1.5 – 2cm slices

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 3: Leave slices to dry out a bit on paper towels, they have a high water content otherwise

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 4: Mix 2 eggs in a bowl, combine wholemeal breadcrumbs with garlic, s & p, italian seasonings in a separate bowl Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 5: Dunk slices in egg then cover them completely in the breadcrumb mix

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 6: Pop those babies in a pan of HOT oil, cook until golden brown and crispy

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Step 7: Spread a little marinara sauce on each slice, top with cheese and pop under grill until melted, serve on pasta with marinara & olives, finish with a dusting of parmesan cheese (which we were out of!)

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Wasabi & Fresh Herb Dressing

Fact: This is the BEST salad ever.
Chef: Dave


Step 1:  Marinate chicken in soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and Worcestershire sauce

Step 2:  BBQ the chicken breasts

Step 3:  Make the dressing while chicken is grilling; combine fresh garlic cloves, wasabi, fresh thyme, rosemary, basil, balsamic vinegar, EVOO and aioli.  Emulsify using your new George Forman Stick blender that you got for Christmas (thanks MIL!)

Step 4: Prepare salad of fresh lettuce greens, avocado, sunflower seeds, tomato and mashed boiled egg

Step 5: Slice cooked chicken, add to salad and top with the dressing.



Cook Eat | The Best Pancake Recipe

On the Target product check on TV3 tonight, they road-tested store bought pancake mixes.  The host pointed out that the most basic pancake recipes only have 4 ingredients, so it’s a little disturbing when the ingredients listed on a pre-mix constitute an entire paragraph!

So in an endeavour to save you from the supermarket shelves, and maybe encourage you to branch out from the Edmonds Cook Book, I share with you our favourite pancake recipe (Dave should know a good pancake, seeing he grew up eating off the griddle an’ all!)


The Best Pancake Recipe

1 c. flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

3 tbsp. sugar

1 c. milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp. salt

Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat until water beads. Do not oil. Pour pancake mixture in 1/4 cup amounts. Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Remove from heat when pancake stops steaming.

These are THE BEST pancakes, we have them every Sunday.  This week Dave added chocolate chips and they were divine.  I love them with butter, lemon and sugar – that’s definitely the kiwi-connection as DJ considers this the most absurd topping ever.

Original recipe found here