Subject: Eating at friends' houses
 
 On another topic, here is a recipe I have been meaning to post for a
 while. It hails from a fabulous book I happened upon about five years ago
 called SECRET INGREDIENTS: THE MAGICAL PROCESS OF COMBINING FLAVORS by
 Michael Roberts. I've eliminated the added fat and use this often for
 brunches.
 
 Eggplant Pancakes
 
 1 medium eggplant
 1 T. minced garlic
 1 T. minced shallots or onions
 1/3 cup plus 4 T. flour
 1/2 t. baking powder
 2 egg substitutes
 1/2 cup vegetable stock
 2 T. chopped parsley
 1 t. salt
 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
 
 Prick the eggplant all over and roast it on a baking sheet at 350F for
 30-35 minutes, or until it is desiccated. Let it cool, then scoop out the
 flesh into a mixing bowl and mash it with a fork until smooth.
 
 Saute the garlic and shallots in a nonstick pan (with water or a little
 stock if desired). Add this to the eggplant. Add the flour, baking powder,
 eggs, stock, parsley, pepper, and salt. Mix well.
 
 Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat it to medium heat. Dollop
 spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet and cook until golden. Flip, etc.
 (I'm assuming we all know how to make pancakes.)