Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My first Ratatouille

Brian can't believe I never have eaten Ratatouille before although I enjoyed the movie "Ratatouille" very much. Tonite I just tried a recipe from the the book by Skye Gyngell.  She said she always love Ratatouille, it tastes like sunshine, and since October is already cold as hell in Notts, so I decided try this dish.

I followed the recipe exactly but honestly the dish didn't surprise me very much.
Maybe because I didn't eat this dish growing up, so I don't have memories to compare it to.  Sometimes food is not just food, but some of us are left out.

Adapted by How I cook Skye Gyngell
serves 6


1 tsp olive oil
2 red onions
small bunch of thyme
3 bay leaves
sea salt and ground pepper
1 eggplant
2 red peppers
1kg tomatoes
3 garlic
5 zucchini
bunch of basil


warm olive oil in the saucepan over a medium heat.add the onion,thyme and bay leave with a pinch of salt and sweat gently for 10minutes,stirring every now and then to prevent the onions from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

prepare the other vegetables.halve the eggplant lengthways, then cut each piece into half-moon slices,2cm thick.Halve the red pepper cut into 2.5cm squares.Chop the tomatoes into chunks.

Add the eggplant and red pepper to the onions in the pan along with the garlic and stir to combine. add the tomatoes to the pan and turn the heat down as low as possible.Put the lid on and cook for 40 minutes.

Cut the zucchini into chunky and add them the pan, Put the lid on and cook another 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme

Before serving, adjust the seasoning, tear in the basil leaves and drizzle over a little olive oil.

2 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

  1. Ratatouille is my favorite too... movie-wise. :) Nice rustic dishes, as the movie proves, appeal to us rural folks, I guess.

    Wonderful site for wonderful cooking; I have tasted the evidence. Keep up the good work. I'll likely be abroad for the fundraiser in January, but there will sure be more opportunities ahead.

    However, do you also have a large number of tablecloths? I don't suppose you harvest the blog's accompanying pictures from the internet... :)

  2. Thanks for the comments Dave. I assure you all the picture on this blog are taken by me. You are the 1st guest our fundraiser dinner, so you can choose the best seat.


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