Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Round the World Cookery, Ratatouille


For Earth Day I have been thinking about recipes from around the world and have decided to make Ratatouille, which is  French and has recently been immortalized in the Disney film.
 I always love making ratatouille, from buying the vegetables to chopping then up into different shapes to layering them in the pot and watching them get to know each other and turn out like a real party, it's a party dish, colourful, vibrant, full of flavour, fun and very versatile.
 A really wonderful one pot cookery recipe from France.
The first time I made it for my husband- to- be, he was very impressed and unfortunately for him got the idea that I was an international cook. On a camping stove with a feeble flame I managed to produce this wonderful dish aided by some rough red wine and a youthful enthusiasm for life.

Bring some sunshine into your kitchen and with love in your heart prepare this dish today, you won't be disappointed, unless of course you find peppers indigestible.

Here goes,

one or two white onions, finely chopped
Some courgettes, washed and dried and cut into funky diagonal shapes
One or two red and yellow peppers, washed dried and cut into strips .julienne
two aubergines, washed and dried and cut into rounds
Ripe red tomatoes, skinned by pouring boiling water over them, then cut into quarters.

Put some olive oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until translucent.
Add the vegetables in the following order:-
peppers
aubergines
courgettes
tomatoes
Pour over a glug of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper

Simmer over a very low heat for about an hour, checking to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom,
Stir very gently from time to time.
Add a few fresh basil leaves and tomato puree
Check seasoning.
SERVE WITH BOILED RICE, COUSCOUS, SLICED MEAT, CHEESE , ANYTHING YOU LIKE REALLY.
ANY LEFT OVER WILL HEAT UP BEAUTIFULLY THE NEXT DAY

BON APPETIT

WHAT A COLOURFUL BUNCH OF GUESTS

ALL PREPARED

A GREAT DIH TO COME HOME TO

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