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01 Mar, 2013

Will they eat it: the Baba Ghanoush edition (with other Good Eats too)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I would like to preface this post by pointing out how fun it is to say BABA GHANOUSH.

Say it out loud a few times:


See? It even sounds fun. Here’s what it looks like:

Baba ganoush recipe

Baba Ghanoush (also spelled Baba Ganoush) is a dip made out of roasted eggplant, sesame seed paste (a.k.a tahini) and a few other easy ingredients.

I started with a gorgeous eggplant specimen. I saw this baby in the produce aisle and it CALLED to me:

eggplant for web

Babaaaa ganoooooooooooosh!

I used this recipe, and I was quite happy with the outcome. Maybe next time I’ll sprinkle some cilantro on top?

I served it as an afterschool snack. Haha! Who’s being a sneaky mom? I AM.

Here’s a tip: feed kids new foods when they’re totally famished, and gloss over the fact that it may contain something they think they don’t like. When they asked me what it was, I mumbled something about it being  “sort of like hummus.” (Well, it is, isn’t it??)

They ate, I ate, Mark ate… we were all very happy with this recipe. I would even make it again, but next time I’ll roast a few more veggies along with the eggplant. It just seemed to be a waste to fire up the oven for this one tiny thing. Know what I mean?

Now for a few Good Eats! Every Friday I’m trying to post a couple of recipes from around the web that catch my eye.

First, check out this mouthwatering recipe for spaghettini with homemade ricotta, sautéed mushrooms with sage and parsley panko crumbs by Don over at FoodiePrints:

Source: foodieprints.com via foodiePrints on Pinterest

Doesn’t that look great?

Now how about dessert? Say, lemon bars? They’re a classic, and one of my favourite desserts. These are by Candace Derickx and the recipe is posted right here.

Source: lifeinpleasantville.com via Candace on Pinterest

Happy Friday everyone!

p.s. I will be taking a new direction with the “Will They Eat it” series in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

3 Responses to "Will they eat it: the Baba Ghanoush edition (with other Good Eats too)"

1 | Javamom

March 3rd, 2013 at 7:22 pm


I liked your Will They Eat It series…so ingenious!

I will follow whatever other ideas you got up your sleeve… :)

I also want to make those lemon squares. Second time I see you mention those in a few posts…

And Baba Ganoush…yum. I love eggplant. I don’t care if no one else eats it, I’ll eat it.

2 | Carla

March 4th, 2013 at 4:47 pm


Sometimes I make ‘babamus’, it’s a hit at home and increases the protein level. Basically to whichever recipe you use use half eggplant and half chickpeas. yum

3 | Chantal

March 5th, 2013 at 11:46 am


I have never had home made version of this but I do love the store bought version. I googled “Can you roast an eggplant in a crock pot” and it let me to a “Year of slow cooking – crock pot Baba ganhoush” recipe. Ingredients are the same as yours only the tahini is less. I just might try it. I am hosting wine club meeting this weekend and it is the perfect time.

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