Have I ever mentioned here that I am a little eggplant obsessed?
It isn't because they are my favourite vegetable - as you would logically think given my obsession with growing prolific quantities of them - oh no, I wouldn't even put an eggplant up there in my top ten.
It's because an eggplant plant was the very first vegetable to thwart me.
It was pretty much the first vegetable that I ever brought home from the nursery as a little teeny tiny seedling. And I lavished all the love and care and attention on it like the firstborn that it was. And it grew... and grew, and grew, and it became big, and lush, and beautiful, but do you think I could get it to be bountiful?
Nope... it just took up space and insulted me by offering a teeny tiny eggplant the size of a golf ball every few months.
I took it as a personal affront and ended up ripping it out. And now, every time I have an auberginial success, I think to myself...
"In your FACE eggplant!"