From the Provence of France brings you one of my favourite ‘fill you up’ foods, Ratatouille. I prefer my Ratatouille baked in the oven and sliced rather than in the typical chunks, but everyone’s recipe is slightly different. A mouth watering blend of olive oil (my personal favourite oils are La Tourangelle extra virgin olive oil or Merula extra virgin olive oil) and top spices spread across fresh vegetables.
For the sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 diced onion
4 minced garlic cloves
2 bell peppers, diced (I usually use sweet red peppers)
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp basil
For the sliced veggies:
6 Roma tomatoes
2 yellow squash
For the herb seasoning:
2 tbsp basil
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp parsley
2 tsp thyme
4 tbsp olive oil
1. Preheat the oven for 375˚.
2. Slice the eggplants, Roma tomatoes, squash, and zucchini into approximately the same sized circles.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 12-inch oven safe pan (I use a cast iron skillet.) Sauté onions, garlic, and bell peppers until soft. Season with salt and pepper, then add crushed tomatoes. Stir until ingredients are fully incorporated. Turn off the heat, then add basil. Stir once more, then smooth the surface of the sauce with your spatula.
4. Arrange the sliced veggies in alternating patterns, (e.g. eggplant, tomato, squash, zucchini) on top of the sauce from the outer edge to the inside of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Mix herb seasoning in a separate bowl and pour over the vegetables.
6. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, uncover, then bake for an additional 20 minutes. The vegetables should be soft and herbs should be fragrant.
I love food; whether it be cooking a classic for myself, something I found in a recipe book and am trying for the first time; but, sometimes I’m lazy, and would rather meet with a friend out somewhere high end where ‘tartar’ is definitely on the menu, or a dive bar where I can get a can of my favourite cider for $5 and our whole meal is under $20. I can do it all, that’s how far my love of food spreads.
I decided to start a little ‘blog’ if you will, to show off a bit more of my personality and to get a little deeper into my cooking skills and tastes. There is a warning with this blog, you will get hungry and possibly aroused by the way I speak about my personal favourite treats for my tongue. Go grab a snack, I’ll wait until you get back….ready? Great, let’s start into Chef Marilyn’s kitchen, I’ll spill some of my secret recipes for you and give you insight on where to find me munching down out on the town.