A heady Moroccan-style stew of chickpeas, bell pepper, and eggplant, accented with warm spices, is an end-of-summer celebration. Eggplant is too often reduced to mush when stewed. To prevent that, slice the eggplant into generously sized rounds, and roast them until golden, then add them to the chickpea mixture at the end of cooking. Moroccans would eat a dish like this communally, straight from the tagine, with little pieces of bread, but you can make it in any heavy casserole and spoon it onto plates. Either way, it’s a fine family meal.
The chickpeas are enriched with the spicy tomato-red pepper cooking juices. Work them in a food processor with a little tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice for a delicious, quick hummus. Tuck it into pita pockets with slices of egg, leftover eggplant, and a cucumber-tomato salad. This typical Israeli street food is called “sabich.” It’s also known as egg and eggplant.