Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Veela-Fried Aubergines
by SuSu

Veela possess magical — and some say evil — power over men. No man can resist the charms of this breed of witch. Both Harry and Ron were affected by the Bulgarian Veela cheerleaders at the Quidditch World Cup, but Ron's infatuation with them persisted well into the school year at Hogwart's. Among the students of Beauxbatons, Fleur Delacoeur was one-quarter Veela. Though not conventionally beautiful, she was striking, and being a Veela made her as irresistable to Ron (and any other male within spell-shot).

He followed her around like a lost puppy, and started developing a taste for cooked vegetables. It turned out that Fleur was a vegetarian, as were many of her classmates. And to get to see her more often, Ron claimed to be a vegetarian too, so that he had an excuse to sit at their table.

Though his friends and sister teased him unmercifully, Ron actually did like certain vegetables he tried at the Beauxbaton's table, especially this "french-fried" dish, which he (of course) referred to as "Veela-fried." (Ginny commented that this was the effect on Ron's brain!)

It was said that if the Veela liked a man, they'd present this vegetable in a vessel which resembled a meat animal, by the way ...

  • 6 long, thin, pale purple eggplant (sometimes called Asian eggplant)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • flour, seasoned with salt and pepper (to taste)
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil, for shallow frying
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Cut the eggplant into thirds crosswise, then cut those into sticks, one-quarter lengthways. You should have "batons" about 3 inches long. Dredge the eggplant into the flour, then into the egg, then into the panko breadcrumbs.

Heat about an inch of oil in a heavy skillet. Carefully fry the eggplant on one side till its crispy and browned, then the other. The eggplant pieces will soften up a lot, and you might have trouble with the crust coming off ... lift the pieces with a slotted spoon, and drop them on a draining rack (rather than on paper towels) to minimize problems.

While hot, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 12 as a side dish or appetizer.

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