The other day I made one of my favourite dishes of all time: ratatouille.
This simple French dish originates from Nice and tastes like the Mediterranean – full of olive oil, garlic, herbs and my favourite Mediterranean vegetables.
It’s a cheap and hearty vegetable dish enjoyed by every class and region in France. It can be served hot with dinner, cold as a summer side dish, or can be made into it’s own meal with the addition of some beans and a base of grains.
Everyone has their own method to making ratatouille, but this is my own. I hope you’ll like it and consider making a big batch for yourself this summer. It keeps well in your fridge all week and is a perfect addition to all of your meals!
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- large onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- sea salt
- 3 tsp herbes de provence
- large eggplant
- 2 yellow zucchini
- 2 green zucchini
- 2 bell peppers
- 4 vine ripened tomatoes
- 6 fresh basil leaves, torn up
- tsp cumin
- Pre-chop all your vegetables into equal sized chunks
- Heat olive oil over med heat
- Cook onions and garlic with sea salt and herbs until glossy
- Add eggplant, stir and simmer for 10 minutes
- Add zucchini, stir and simmer for 10 minutes
- Allow to simmer for 5 minutes
- Add bell peppers, stir and simmer for 10 minutes
- Add tomatoes, basil and cumin, stir and simmer for 10 minutes
- Allow entire to dish to simmer until all vegetables are equally soft
- Add salt and pepper as necessary