The internet gave me advice on when to pick my eggplant.
A little bigger than your hand? Check.
Shiny? Check, check.
And I managed to figure out how to cook it well enough that the man not only liked it but had seconds. Sauteeing first, then adding chopped ginger, sweet potatoes, baking potatoes and water. Spices included turmeric, ground chili powder, cumin, and nutmeg. It was decent. Coconut milk would have made it better, but it was definitely edible and my best attempt so far. Last time I didn't cook the eggplant well enough and had complaints about the thickness of the skin...