Success! Not bitter! Not… nasty. It was good. And the only stuff I had to buy for the recipe was Parmesan cheese (3.99) and eggplant (1.55). Not bad.
I diced up a garlic clove and added it to a saucepan with some butter. Sauteed that and added a can of drained green beans. As that was heating, I chopped up an apple and tomato. Voi la. Dinner! Next time, I’m getting red apples. I have a bad habit of going mono-chromatic in my dishes.