Sunday, October 14, 2007

A ratatouille, is cooking lovingly...

« La Ratatouille » is a traditionnal french provencal dishes originated in Nice, in the south of France. The word ratatouille comes from « touiller » which means « to toss food »

Since the movie "Ratouille" (rat a too ee), lots of you know what a ratatouille is. Nevertheless we don't really cook it like in the movie, with one zuchini and two tomatoes in only 10 minutes !!! The real one needs a little bit more ingredients and more time to cook. More time you cook it, better it is. The secret of a good ratatouille is cooking lovingly…

Ratatouille may be served as a side dish with meats, bbq or fishes. It is also good as a simple meal with rice or potatoes. If you have leftover, you can also keep it and have it later as a cold hors-d'oeuvre.

A well-prepared ratatouille requires cooking the vegetable in separate stages, and then combining. I dont' do that because most of the time I'm busy. My recipe is quite easy but really good. Try it !

3 tbsp of olive oil
1 chopped onions
1 chopped glove of garlic
1 eggplant
1 green pepper
2 zucchinis
5 tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Herbes de provence

Chop pepper, zuchinis, eggplant, onions and garlic. Boil the tomatoes in water, then peel and dice then.

Put a large pot on the stove, add oil to cover the bottom. When it’s hot, add the tomatoes cook slowly in medium heat for 10 minutes. Then add zucchinis, pepper and eggplant. Add onions, basil, garlic and herbes de provence. Salt and pepper. Stirr well and cook it for 50 minutes the first time, and heat again it before to eat, it would be more soft and tasting.

My idea : If you don't have good garden tomatoes with flavor, add just a small can of tomato paste.

Enjoy !