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Stuffed eggplant, inspired by Henri Matisse

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(Read caption) Baked eggplants stuffed with tomatoes, chickpeas, and couscous.

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The 1911 painting "Still Life with Aubergines" by Henri Matisse exemplifies the characteristics of the Fauvist movement with the wild brushstrokes and incongruent colors. The painting was completed during a period of flux in Matisse’s oeuvre. During this time in his career he was influenced by travel to Algeria and a major exhibition of Islamic Art in Munich.

The resulting composition incorporates the highly decorative ornamentation typically found in Islamic Art into the vivid swirling shapes of the wallpaper. The simplified figure in the sculpture reflects the time in Algeria where he studied primitive art.

The recipe below features the aubergine (eggplant) depicted by Matisse while including North African/Middle Eastern ingredients: tahini, couscous and chickpeas.

Stuffed Eggplant

Adapted from Diggin up the Dirt 

Yield: 4 servings

2 eggplants

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 can chickpeas, drained

1/2 cup uncooked couscous

1/2 cup boiling water

1/4 cup tahini

1 lemon

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