Sunday, June 27, 2010

with a ra-ta-tat-tat!

(Just a quick note that i think the word ratatouille is one of the most beautiful in the world and I whole-heartedly enjoy writing and typing it over and over again. Ratatouille - romantical.) 
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ red capsicum
1 large zucchini
1 large eggplant
3 tomatoes
7 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Olive oil

Chop all vegetables (and fruit!) into roughly 1cm pieces. In a heavy bottomed pot, sauté the onion and garlic in a good glug of olive oil for a few minutes, then add all of the vegetables. After about 5 more minutes add in the tomatoes and herbs and transfer to a 200C oven and cook for about 20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Eat and think to yourself "this is such a hearty yet simple and delicious meal! And so good for me too. Man oh man, I've really done it this time - haven't I?"

Tunisian carrot salad:
2 big carrots
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon harissa
5 black olives
1 glug olive oil

Simple! Slice carrot and cook until tender. Combine all ingredients in bowl and toss in carrots. Leave to cool then eat and think to yourself "how is this salad so tasty and yet so flavourful?! Such a small list of ingredients all in my pantry and it's like a party in my mouth."

Italian vinaigrette:
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
3 Tablespoons olive oil

Combine all ingredients except oil. Slowly add oil whilst whisking. Yum-o. Serve on your favourite salad whilst thinking to yourself "who knew I could come up with a dressing so amazing by accidentally combining ingredients from TWO recipes while not paying enough attention to realise I was looking at the wrong page continuously and wondering why it seemed like many things to add for just one dressing. Oh well, it must have been a calling from god or something. I mean... I must be some kind of culinary genius..."

Ratatouille, cous cous, salad; and with the addition of a pickle - the perfect plate! Voila. 

many loves.


  1. My oh my that is one colourful plate. One to cheer you up. Well it did me.

    I think if I kept typing ratatouille, I would spell it wrong :D

  2. definitely one to cheer me up! :D and my insides too!

    perhaps i've typed ratatouille many more times in my lifetime than you hahaha.

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