Last week when I left class on Wednesday, on of the beginner students let me know: "Next week...juice party. Please bring fruit or vegetable."
She claimed absolutely anything was okay, except for bananas, which aren't juicy enough for her machine, so I went out and bought an eggplant from the convenience store early Wednesday morning. :P It turned out to be very fun, and a very Japanese kind of party.
A.k.a the kind of party where we all sit in a circle and observe someone make food and toss out comments along the way.
But she had this machine where you just stuff fruit or vegetables into a plastic tube and they get squished into juice. If the base of the juice is apple and carrot, you can put pretty much anything in and it tastes great. They were a little shocked and surprised at my eggplant, though. Hee hee. So, they put that in at the very beginning just to make sure it was alright. Probably the first and only time I'll be sitting in a group of people passing around a tupperware of freshly squeezed eggplant juice.
We each tried a small spoonful, deemed it good for drinking and started adding other fruits and veggies. Meanwhile the Japanese ladies started playing with the remnants of eggplant, the little kind of dried out shredded bits, and, with a little salt, managed to make something fairly decent.