Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry

Pork and eggplant just play so well together. This variation is quick, cheap and satisfying all in one.

Ingredients
1lb ground pork
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic, diced
4 graffiti eggplant (or 3 japanese eggplant)
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons bean paste (I used one with ginger)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground Korean pepper
3 table spoon grape seed oil (or peanut oil)
ingredients

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1. In a bowl, combine the pork, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and the ground black pepper.
Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes to marinate the meat.
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2. Slice the eggplants into strips.
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3. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoon of oil over medium-high/high heat.
Add 1 diced clove of garlic and stir into the oil until fragrant (should not be long).
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4. Throw in the sliced eggplants and toss to coat with oil, Keep the heat fairly high, you want to eggplants to sear a bit.
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5. When they start to soften add the chicken stock. Continue cooking the eggplant until they are all soft and slightly browned. Then remove from the skillet and set aside.
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6. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the other clove of garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the pork.
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7. While that’s cooking, combine the rest of the ingredients (bean paste, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, Korean pepper).
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8. You want the meat cooked and no longer pink, but not dry.
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9. Add the eggplant back to the skillet.
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10. Add the sauce and stir to coat evenly. Allow to cook with the sauce for a minute or two.
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11. Serve with rice.
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Kohlrabi soup

Or Chou-rave, in French. Nice vegetable in the cabbage family. My CSA bags had a few of them and the garlic scapes, so I turned the lot into soup. They have a dense firm interior, with a texture that is similar to a green apple, not the leaves you’d expect from a cabbage.

The Korean pepper adds a bit of spiciness at the back of the throat. Feel free to adjust and add more to your personal preference.

Ingredients
2 kohlrabi, chopped
1 leek, chopped
3-4 carrots, grated
4-5 garlic scapes, finely chopped
3/4 tea spoon Korean pepper
1/4 tea spoon fresh grated ginger
1 pinch dried savory leaves
2 table spoon butter
2 box chicken stock
Salt and pepper

ingredients

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1. Put the butter and all the vegetables in a large soup pot.
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2. Cook on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the carrots have lost at least half of their volume.
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3. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and add the ginger, Korean pepper and savory. Simmer for 1 hour or until the kohlrabi is tender.
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4. Add salt and black pepper to taste before serving.
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