It's hard to resist a recipe that has the words "fairy tale" in it. There is a lot of pre cooking activities that have to happen - finding all the ingredients - I can't imagine having all these items in your pantry or fridge. And unless you live in a good sized town or city, might be hard to get your hands on all the ingredients. But... it was fun to make and a pretty good dish - a lot of work, so not sure it'll be a regular item on our table, but when I see lovely fairy tale fuschia snakelike eggplants at the international market during the summer when I also have all those herbs in my garden, I'll make it again.
The recipe says to peel the eggplant, but in the photograph the eggplant does not appear to be peeled. Is it necessary?
Skip this recipe or half the sauce amount.. makes almost 2 cups of sauce for 4 tablespoons.. add some rice or rice noodles..