The spices make this version of the Lebanese salad special--and it's important to use good olive oil and lots of fresh lemon juice. Prep time does not include overnight soaking of the bulgur and herb mixture.
This is Andrew Zimmer's recipe. He recommends roasting the eggplant on a gas grill--you can also do it on a gas stovetop or over charcoal that isn't too hot. This is enough for 4 to 6 generous salad servings or, as a topping for crostini, enough for a whole baguette, sliced relatively thin and lightly grilled.
Mussels are so tasty that they require very little embellishment. Here they are partnered with garlic potatoes and herbs to give a gutsy low-fat treat. It is important not to boil the mussels too much or they will become tough. Add a splash of cream at the last moment for extra luxury. From "Gourmet Ireland" by Paul and Jeanne Rankin.
This recipe is from chef Nora Pouillon, owner of Nora's in Washington, DC, a "certified" organic restaurant and a quite wonderful place to dine. Vegetable stock may be substituted for the chicken broth.
This takes a while, but the end result is a lovely rich vegetable stock, ready to be the base for many soups, stews and sauces. Add or change the herbs according to your taste--add fennel if you like a hint of anise in your stock.