This is weird, but every time I see eggplant I think of that old 1980’s Nintendo game Kid Icarus. My siblings and I used to play that for hours. There’s a part in that game where you’re in a dungeon and you come across an eggplant-throwing monster. You have to dodge the flying purple eggplants as you pass through the room and if you get hit by one you turn into a giant eggplant with feet. I think that game was actually where I first found out about eggplants. Strange, I know. A little sad? Perhaps.
Blood oranges are deceptive. They look all orange-y on the outside and then when you cut into one, it’s like BAM! Deep burgundy red! It’s straight up trickery. Their flavor? Another little surprise. They’re not as in-your-face sweet as “regular” oranges; they’re more complex. It’s kind of a grapefruit + cherry situation going on, with subtle floral notes hanging out in the background. They’re sorta magical and a bit wicked; I’ll definitely be making a cocktail with the juice…hello, bloody martini anyone? YES!
But on a more proper note, let’s put them in bread, a quick bread. This healthyish bread is made with greek yogurt, applesauce, honey, white whole wheat flour and sunflower seeds. No refined sugar. No butter or oil. It makes a great breakfast topped with sunflower seed butter and a little drizzle of honey. You could also toast it and put a scoop of ice cream on top for a simple dessert. Or, do as the British do and serve it with tea in the afternoon…ginger tea would pair nicely! Brilliant…bloody brilliant!