Poor man’s caviar

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It’s spring yet it is still quite chilly. This weather calls for extra rich comfort food. For me that usually means some kind of vegetable stew, often featuring eggplants. So here is a lovely take on what is called “poor man’s caviar” (aka delightful vegan treat that has nothing to do with fish or actual caviar).

It all starts with the simplest things, but remember tasty does not have to be complicated.

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So you will need:

1 eggplant (I ended up using just 1/2)

1 cup carrots

2 tomatoes

1 1/2 bell peppers of any colour

1 onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

olive oil

2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp cumin

First of all you will have to dice all the ingredients into same size cubes, so a good quality knife is essential. In a deep skillet heat up the olive oil (I blended mine with canola oil for extra Omega boost). Stir fry onions and carrots for about 5min, until onions are golden and carrots soften up. Then in goes the eggplant. It will soak up all the oil, so stirring the veggies gently is necessary to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. After another 5min add tomatoes, peppers and garlic. They will release more juice and you can continue stir-frying the veggies for another 5-6min until everything (especially the eggplant) is tender. Season with salt, sugar and cumin to taste. Take care to stir the veggies gently so they do not loose their shape.

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Once everything is tender turn off the heat and let the caviar sit for about half an hour so all the flavors have enough time to blend together. Serve warm or cold with a thick slice of your favorite bread.

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