Ratatouille

ratatouille

Do you remember my New Scary List ?

  1. Macaroons
  2. Beef bourguignon
  3. Lamb
  4. Coq au vin (Chicken in wine sauce )
  5. Sushi
  6. Croquembouche (Caramel-glazed cream puffs)
  7. Tacos
  8. Enchiladas
  9. Escargots a la Bourguignonne (Snails in garlic-herb butter)
  10. Ratatouille

ratatouille

I just manage to do the last one from my list: Ratatouille. It’s Julia Child’s recipe from her book. There are her ingredients and way of cooking, but I changed the way I put them in the casserole, because I wanted to have the plate from the movie “Ratatouille”. It looked so great, that it made me go for this recipe from my list.

Ratatouille is a French eggplant casserole with tomatoes, onions, peppers and zucchini.  This amazing dish will make your kitchen smell like heaven, a small pieces of Provence. You can serve it cold or hot and goes perfect with cold meat.

A really good ratatouille will take hours, like mine did. Each vegetable is cooked separately and then it is arranged in the casserole for the mix. In this way, you will keep the shape of each vegetable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 zucchini (yellow and green)
  • 1 olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green peppers
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 6 tomatoes cut in thinly slices
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 ½ tomato juice homemade
  • 3 tablespoon minced parsley

ratatouille

Directions:

Peel the eggplant. Cut the eggplant and the zucchinis in round thinly slices. Place the vegetables in a bowl and toss with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain. Dry each slice in a towel.

One layer at a time, sauté the eggplant, and then the zucchinis in hot olive oil about a minute on each side to brown very lightly. Remove to a side dish.

In the same skillet, cook the onions and peppers slowly in olive oil for about 10 minutes, or until tender but not browned. Stir in the garlic and season to taste.

Add the homemade tomato juice on the onions and peppers. I forgot to tell you that I add to the onions my dish signature (A teaspoon of mustard). Season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Uncover and raise heat and boil until juice has almost entirely evaporated.

Place half of the tomato mixture in the bottom of the casserole and sprinkle over it 1 tablespoon of parsley. Arrange one slice of eggplant, yellow zucchini, tomato, green zucchini, and so on till you put all the vegetables. Finish with the remaining tomato mixture and parsley.

Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Uncover, raise heat slightly and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes more. Be careful with your heat. Do not let the vegetables scorch in the bottom of the casserole.

Serve it cold or hot. Enjoy!

 

Eggs on sour cream

eggs on sour cream

This eggs are a reminder of my dad. I keep seeing him with a saucepan in hand and some eggs in the other hand. My mom was the one doing all the cooking in the house, even my dad was a great cook. He used to cook for us at holidays, when my mom was sick or anytime he wanted.

The last years I remember my dad cooking a lot. Every day. He, also, was in charge making polenta. He even had a small wooden utensil made by him he will use at polenta. I ask my dad when he was alive to give me that utensil. I still have it and I will tell my boy the story about that old piece of wood.

These eggs go great with polenta. I eat them in the morning to get my energy for the day.

Ingredients:

  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt

Directions:

In a saucepan put the sour cream. Carefully break each egg into the sour cream, taking care to keep yolks intact. Add salt and bake until egg whites are set.

I eat them with a big chunk of fresh bread and is like time stops for a second. If you think is too much sour cream replace it with yogurt. Enjoy!

Food inspiration: Movies

You know the feeling when you watch a movie about food or with people eating amazing food? I would like to have this feeling all day long because  I love this feeling. I am always making something to eat when I am about to see food movies. They are a an amazing source of inspiration for all of us.

I have some movies that I love to watch, even more than once.

  1. Ratatouille – “Anyone can cook” is what makes me go in the kitchen. Don’t think that I want to be a great chef and have my own restaurant. No. I just want to cook healthy, unique plates and take photos of them. J
  2. The Hundred-Foot Journey – I love Helen Mirren. The combination of Indian food (I got lucky once and tried it) and French cuisine is amazing. Something different, which makes me go in the kitchen and start cooking.
  3. Big night (1996) – The idea that a great chef is not gone squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect is what cooking is about. When you are great you need to be great all the time. Timpano – A huge, round “drum” of pasta, filled with even more pasta, meatballs, sausage, pork shank, and hard-boiled eggs. I would love to be at that table once a month. J
  4. A good year – Yummy!! Russell Crowe yummy! J This is more about wine that cooking. But amazing landscapes plus love the old mansion. I imagine were to shoot and what shoot.
  5. Julie & Julia – Meryl Streep’s acting is, of course, superb. Amy Adams is also wonderfu The idea of cooking so many recipes in a year from a book is challenging.
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – I always have chocolate with me when I see this movie.
  7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Makes me go to Greece and eat as much as I can.
  8. Burnt – I love the speed and the stress in that kitchen. I don’t think I could do it, but I imagine being there.
  9. Feed the beast – There are so many scenes with food that makes me go in the kitchen and mix something up. Just look in the fridge and combine the ingredients you have and hope for something good.

 

I have a long list to go, but so far I can tell you that I was not so impressed with Sideways. Maybe if I knew more about wine, it will be better.

I can add here some recipes:

  • Lady and the tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary – Potato Leek Soup
  • Waitress – Chocolate – Caramel Cream Pie
  • Goodfellas – Meat sauce
  • When Harry Met Sally – Apple Pie
  • Casablanca – Champagne Cocktail

 

So inspiration is everywhere. You just need to find it. Hope you liked my list. I have still a lot of movies to see, but till next time let me know which one you liked and which one to see.

 

Update: After I wrote this post I felt inspired and went in the kitchen and made  spaghetti Carbonara.

 

 

Guest Recipe Post

Darcy is working for Forsythe Farms CSA this season, and he re-launched the blog (www.forsythefarmscsa.wordpress.com) and plan to keep it much more active this year. He asked me to write a guest post with a recipe for using seasonal summer produce. From a list he send me I choose strawberry, which I love so much.
I was happy and honored to write a gust post for www.forsythefarmscsa.wordpress.com. Hope you all like it.

Thank you, Darcy, for the opportunity. Here is the link to my guest post: Chia seeds pudding

Enjoy reading it!

chia seeds pudding

Watermelon juice

watermelon juice

Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Watermelon juice couldn’t be easier to extract. You don’t need a fancy juicer, just a blender. Scoop the watermelon into the blender, blend for about thirty seconds, and you have made watermelon juice.

Watermelon juice is good for you. It’s high in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. It’s about 92% water, so it’s plenty hydrating, too.  To make it even healthier I add lemon juice and pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup diced pineapple

Directions:

Add everything in a blender and blend it till it is smooth. Keep it in he fridge. Before serve it, mix it very well. Enjoy!

 

watermelon juice

Sugar free raw vegan ice cream

ice cream

Let’s cool down with some really natural ice cream. No sugar, no milk, no yogurt, no eggs, only fruits.  It’s strawberry time. Easy recipe. You can do it with the kids. They will be so happy and they will enjoy it more after.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberry
  • 1 cup wild strawberry

Directions:

Banana should be soft and sweet. Choose the one with black dots on it. Blend all the ingredients together. Put them in the ice cream modelling cone. Leave them overnight. They are amazing. Kids love them.

ice cream