Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango

Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango (0006) by Meeta K. Wolff 
I want to grasp them in my fist, but they are far too swift, fleeting and melting away into the next. Days … how fast they disappear. No matter how hard I try to capture at least parts of it, to make it last just a little longer it seems the faster they slip away.

Time flies with wings of a hummingbird; here, there - then gone! Hard to keep a track of but providing an inner satisfaction of having experienced something unique and leaving us with pure exhilaration and hungry for more. All three of us are wrapped up in our projects and assignments keeping us so busy that we lose track of time. But we do not lose track of each other and while it seems we are playing a game of touch and go, passing each other from assignment to task to project somehow we manage to find the balance of keeping it together.

Weekends become our Zen zone, where we let our souls gently sway in each other’s company. Long breakfasts are meant to catch up and talk, but also to organize. Calendars are synced, chores divided and schedules are updated – school projects, photo assignments and design meetings are all carefully coordinated, in color and once I have an overview of the upcoming week I seem to relax. Organization avoids chaos and when one is in Stockholm during the week and the other needs to travel on a project, we need perfect planning.

Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango (0002) by Meeta K. Wolff

Last week a project took me away to Mainz near Frankfurt and as I arranged for a friend to pick Soeren up from school and checked to see if Tom’s flight from Stockholm arrived in time for him to collect Soeren in the evening, it struck me that what we lacked in the quantity of time we spend together we make up in quality. Although Soeren is our common denominator, we take time for a twosome. I cannot remember when the last time the two of us went shopping together. But recently we did. Soeren away at a birthday party, we had the whole afternoon to ourselves and we decided to hit the stores.

Elementary to some, but for us it was a special Saturday afternoon. As Tom flirted with the sales ladies making them giggle and run around the store getting me skirts, dresses and blouses I sweet talked the salesman to show Tom a newer version of classic. Sitting on the banks of the river, sipping on my café latte I tried to catch the fleeting moment as it swept past me.

This recipe documents how fast time travels. I made it roughly a year ago when my cousin, whom I had last seen in diapers and now all grown up, was visiting me. The recipe is an adaptation from a recipe in Yotam Ottolengi’s books Plenty, a fabulous cookbook with enticing vegetarian dishes to make your mouth water. While the recipe calls for soba noodles, I use buckwheat linguine. The pairing of sweet and ripe mango with the creamy richness of aubergines might be an unusual pairing but the flavors complement each other deliciously. Tossed in a light dressing, the dish is eaten at room temperature after the flavors have blended with each other. Perfect for a light lunch!

Recipe: Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango

Printable version of recipe here
 Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 250g buckwheat linguine
  • 120ml white wine vinegar
  • 40g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 220ml sunflower oil
  • 2 aubergines, cut into cubes
  • 1 large mango, cut into cubes
  • Small handful of Thai basil, chopped
  • Small handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

Method:
  1. In a small saucepan gently warm vinegar, sugar and salt, until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove the sauce from heat and add garlic, chilli and sesame oil. Set aside and allow to cool, then add the lime juice and zest.

  3. In a large pan heat up the sunflower oil and shallow-fry the aubergine in a few batches, until golden brown. Place the aubergine in a colander, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain.

  4. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Shake off access water and place pasta in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Toss pasta, with the sauce, mango cubes and aubergines. Add the onion slices and herbs and mix quickly.

  6. Leave for flavors to intermingle with each other for about an hour then serve piled in big bowls.




Verdict

Buckwheat Linguine with Aubergine and Mango (0011) by Meeta K. Wolff

The flavors come together incredibly in this dish. The tangy dressing adds a brilliant kick bringing out the flavors of mango and aubergine in a wonderfully unique way.

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25 comments :

  1. A beautiful dish! I love that Thai-style flavor combination. Really tasty and exotic.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. What a beautiful description of the fleeting nature of time. It seems to be flying be at an unprecedented rate for me recently, perhaps we all feel that way?

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  3. I loved this post, Meeta! So well written, so beautifully expressed... time flies and there is so little we can do about it but live intensely, right?
    The dish looks exquisite. I think I'd love the combination of aubergine and mango, I adore them both!!!

    Regards from Stockholm.

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  4. Absolutely love this post Meeta...its what most of us do right?catch the fleeting moment?I love ottolenghi's books...perfect for vegetarians and there is so much variety!I love the roasted veg tart from the book as well..try it & do give it yr spin girl!

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  5. Time does indeed fly and I can only imagine how hard it must be at times to fit everyones schedule in. I struggle with that and we're only two! I've had Plenty in my hands a couple of times but have yet to buy it. But I love this recipe!

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  6. Hi Meeta,
    Loved the sentence '...where we let our souls gently sway in each other’s company'..

    Reminds me of days when me and my husband had to live in two different states during the week days due to our jobs. The week-ends were the silver lining we looked forward to.

    Love your evocative writing style.

    NK

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  7. Congrats!

    I want to be alone with A, relax sit by the river with a cuppa :) It has been sooooo long! I have never had buckwheat pasta and am really intrigued as the buckwheat is Indian "kuttu".. so many ways to use this flour! lovely light refreshing meal.

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  8. I'd never have thought of mango and eggplant together with the pasta. Inspired recipe!

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  9. I thought you sounded a little wistful? Take care.

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  10. I would never think of pairing mango and aubergines but somehow now that I see it it makes complete sense. Mezmerized by buckwheat!I meant to pick up Plenty for awhile now I might just get on Amazon and do it now. Pretty photography as usual.

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  11. Thank you all so much for your comments. THe touch and go routine is actually fine - and we seem to be mastering it quite well - but as the saying goes time flies when you are having fun. The combination of mango and aubergine does sound unique and unusual but it's one that works extremely well. I hope you do try this and see for yourself.

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  12. Very interesting flavours and textures! It looks lovely though :)

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  13. I love your day with your man, just simple, happy pleasures. :-) I love this beautiful dish too, hearty yet light and wonderfully healthy. :-)

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  14. hmmnn.. I never thought that pasta and mango would go well together...Let me try this recipe..

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  15. I have recently discovered how mangos can add a special flavor profile when combined with other ingredients. I have yet to try pasta and aubergines, what an inspired recipe. Aubergine is such an elegant description for what we call eggplant!

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  16. That sauce is a very flavourful one and I will be trying it out soon!

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  17. Buchweizennudeln bekommt man im Asia Laden in Bio Qualität. Sehr schönes Rezept. Vielen Dank

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  18. I wish I was as organised as you Meeta! Love the combination of flavours here...very different...especially the mango.

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  20. Lovely combination. I could not have imagined pairing the two together, but this surely looks and sounds delicious

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  21. Good to see a couple who have got "it" together.

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  22. Great recipe, Meeta! Very impressed me the combination of all ingredients. I believe it is delicious and very flavorful and will surely try! Thanks for the recipe shared!
    Greetings!

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