My mother absolutely loved this caponatina (or caponata - I believe the distinction is in how finely you chop the components), Although she became disabled, she would patiently wait for eggplants to go on sale, buy up a bunch, and invite me over to prepare this recipe. We would freeze it in small containers to have throughout the year as a treat, or to bring to a friend's house at a moment's notice. Although this is generally served as an appetizer, you can be pretty creative with it. Serve it in an omelet or over some pasta. You can also add it to your antipasto platter. I just like to scoop it up with some water crackers, as a snack. I have actually made a meal out of doing that, though, because once I start, I can't stop. It is generally served cold, although room temperature is fine too.