Monday, October 1, 2007

Ratatouille tastes good!

I'm glad I bought a copy of the Sept/Oct issue of Flavours, a Malaysian publication for food lovers. In this issue, it featured Ratatouille, a French dish made famous by the recent Disney-Pixar movie by the same name. For those who have yet to watch the movie, I would recommend it, and although the cute rat is featured so prominently with the movie title, we must remember that his name is Remy, not ratatouille!

According to Flavours, "the real ratatouille, as served up in homes around Provence, looks nothing like the elegantly-plated, thinly-shaved layers of vegetables fanned out to form a mound that you see in the animated movie; it is the most unglamorous-looking of stews - a floppy mass of mushy vegetables."

After reading the article, I was inspired to try out the recipe as it looked idiot-proof and the ingredients were easily available, plus it's so versatile that it can be eaten and used for many different other dishes; on its own, in omelettes, as a pasta sauce, on baguette like a bruschetta, as pie filling or even a crumble.

Last Friday I made it and we ate it with spaghetti. I must say, for a lousy cook like me, it tasted good on its own and with the spaghetti too. Unfortunately, Caitlin wasn't keen on it as it's a vege dish and tomato-based (she prefers creamy,white sauces like carbonara or herbs and cheese with her pasta).

It's great too that this dish can be made in a big batch and frozen to be used for various occasions and can be served warm or cold.

Here's the recipe if you are keen to try it out. Bon apetit!

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