Candied Aubergine with Ginger (a Rosehope Edibles brand, produced and distributed by Zest Gourmet Foods)
From the creator of the brand:
"I am a retired chef who cooks for private dinner parties and travellers who stay at Somerset House in the town of Somerset East in the Eastern province.
I have always served Gorgonzola as a cheese course in the restaurants I had before I retired from the restaurant world for a more private way of living.
Gorgonzola is a favourite cheese, and I made a candied aubergine to serve with it when I could not get figs to soak in port.
Aubergines are a favourite vegetable!
I love the shapes and colours of the different varieties and I am fascinated by all the things they can become: attractive container, unctuous pate, dressy accompaniment, important and dramatic component with dark skin.
The flesh is a sponge for flavour and it acquires different textures according to how it is cooked.
My original recipe evolved into the Candied Aubergine with Ginger which I put in jars with the label Rosehope Edibles to have something to sell to dining room customers who asked where they could buy the candied aubergine I was serving.
The preserve is polka-dotted with currants, another favourite ingredient, and looks quite pretty in the jar.
It has other uses besides being an accompaniment for cheese: roast meat, smoked meat, gourmet cheese sandwiches, as a surprise addition to a cream cheese blintz."
Shelf Life: 12 months
Available in 125ml & 1 litre catering