I got distracted last night, so I didn't do test#3. Here is a pic of test#2. The eggplant is no longer tough...I think this is it!
I added some lemon zest, squeeze of Meyer lemon juice, a bit more of freshly ground black pepper, a sprinkle of kosher salt, and more fresh dill on the plate. Hmmm...I don't think there will be any left for tomorrow night. Too bad I can't get to the city to compare this with the recipe I was trying to duplicate...although, I think I like this better! Most definitely is on my list of "things to do with eggplant (and dill!)". I could really see this being made with lemon-grass infused vodka or vinegar...and, yes, to speed it up, I could see brining the eggplant...YUMMMMM!