Noodles with Eggplant and Mango


Adapted and simplified version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango.

Ingredients for two servings:

1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic clove, crushed
red chili flakes
1/2 tsp sesame oil
juice of 1/2 lime

1 small to middle-sized aubergine, cut into 1cm dices
125 g soba noodles or Soba Pumpkin, Ginger & Brown Rice Noodles
1/2 mango, peeled and cut into 1cm dices
fresh or frozen basil and coriander, chopped

Put the vinegar, sugar and salt in a glass pitcher and gently heat in the microwave until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the garlic, chilli and sesame oil. Then add the lime juice.

Heat some sunflower oil in a wok and shallow-fry the aubergine. Once golden-brown, add the sauce, turn down the heat and simmer gently for a few minutes, until the aubergine is cooked.

Meanwhile cook the noodles in plenty of boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes – the noodles should retain a bite – then drain and rinse under cold water.

Toss the noodles into the wok along with the mango. Add the herbs and serve immediately.

Nice on its own or with steamed white fish topped with lime and sweet chili sauce.

An Old Blog in a New Skin


For numerous reasons I had more or less disappeared from the blogging world but after almost six months I realised that I missed it. So here I am again!

For technical reasons, I have merged my two blogs by importing the first blog into the second one. This means that you can read the posts which were on Ilana-Davita as well as those posted on Hannah’s Nook. Of course, I have kept the header which I find fits the blog perfectly but I have adopted a slightly different WordPress theme.

To ‘celebrate’ my return to the blogosphere, I have added a new page – Books I’ve read – where you can find all the book reviews on this site. I hope some of you will find it useful.