This is from my son John.
I think I get more enjoyment out of my garden than most people. This is because my wife makes things like this: torre melanzana (eggplant tower).
Some people think eggplant is bitter, and it is, if you don’t know how to prepare it. There are two ways to remove the bitter juices, depending what is being made. This dish is sliced eggplant, egg battered and simmered in oil. Alternate layers of eggplant and mozzarella (fresh or otherwise) are stacked then baked. On top is fresh bruschetta made from fresh tomatoes, red peppers pickled from last year, chopped garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil.