04 November 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Eden's Mediterranean Babaganoush

Eden Grinshpan, host of Cooking Channel’s Eden Eats, shares her delicious recipe for baba ganoush. Find Eden at her Cooking Channel page and on Twitter.


Eden's Mediterranean Babaganoush

  • 1 Whole Eggplant, scored all over
  • 1/4 cup raw Tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Warmed Pita Bread
  1. Grill or broil the whole eggplant until the skin has blackened/charred.
  2. Let the eggplant cool.
  3. Remove the inside of the eggplant.
  4. Mix with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil.
  5. Check for seasoning.
  6. If you prefer creamier, add in more tahini; if you prefer a lighter blend, add more lemon.
  7. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with warm pita.

Eden Grinshpan, host of Cooking Channel’s newest show, “Eden Eats”, takes viewers around the world on a mouthwatering 24-hour culinary adventure -- without ever using her passport! Eden visits hidden neighborhoods and uncovers extraordinary kitchens to meet the immigrants and locals that make up the backbone of every American city. In each city Eden highlights the global cuisine to discover how people from around the world have re-created their lives and culture through food in America.

After graduating from London's Le Cordon Bleu with a "Grande Diplome" Eden traveled to India, Southeast Asia and Israel, taking cooking classes and volunteering with various organizations including the orphanage, Ramana's Garden. The experience Eden had in the orphanage, inspired her to raise money and open the orphanage's vacant café, teaching the children of Ramana's Garden the fundamentals of the culinary arts; allowing the orphanage to earn money to fund other programs.

Back home, Eden realized she didn't need a passport to enjoy global cuisine -- it surrounded her in the hidden gems of every city she visited. Tackling one city at a time, Eden set out to meet the immigrant proprietors who had brought their cultural dishes to eager American eaters. Eden started her journey in Austin, a city known for BBQ and Tex-Mex, but in a city where more than 50 languages are spoken, you're sure to find tons of international fare. Each week, on “Eden Eats”, she drops in to a new American city and uncovers the global culinary scene in just 24 hours.

Photo credit: Eden Grinshpan