Southern France Vegetable Dish – colorful, healthy and tasty !
My first trial: Ratatouille Casserole
Zucchini green (Squash 西葫芦)
Bell Pepper yellow
Bell Pepper red
Thyme (or any herbs)
Black pepper powder
Tomato paste (1 small can)
Ice water (to soak eggplant slices)
Oven (375 F =) 190 C for 45 minutes (cover with Aluminum foil) :
Note: Yellow & Green Zucchini can be found at big NTUC Supermart or Cold Storage in Singapore:
To prevent eggplants from brownish (oxidized in the air), soak them in ice water:
The Foodie Chef Makes Ratatouille:
Two ways to make this French healthy ‘Rojak’ vegetable dish.
The Taiwanese lady chef makes the fried Ratatouille, the other lady (see link below) makes the stewed Ratatouille.
Once a while clear your fridge to cook ‘away’ all the left over vegetables before they get rotten to throw away. Even a small quantity of each type, all can add up to make a nice ‘rojak’ 杂锦法国乡村菜 – stew with a can of tomato paste. It is a genius ‘symphony’ of vegetables.
This is equivalent to last time our mother’s 菜尾 (“cai-meh” or the “vegetables ends”) during the Japanese Occupation. Singaporeans then were so poor that the children went to wet market to pick those unwanted leftover vegetables from the veggie sellers, brought home for their mother to cook.
I found the stewed Ratatouille taste nicer on the 2nd or 3rd day (keep in the fridge over night for those left over Ratatouille), that is because the flavor & sweetness of the vegetables only come out on the 2nd cooking.
“好料沉碗底” (Good stuff deposit at the bottom of the bowl) – as my mom always told us to finish everything in the bowl.
Enjoy the cartoon and French song “Ratatouille” which make famous this simple and healthy dish. If your children don’t like to eat vegetables, let them watch this cartoon.
Bon appetit !
Cartoon: Ratatouille HD Trailer:
Le Festin – Camille (with lyrics): (The Feast 盛宴)
The clever rat sings: “Car rien n’est gratuit dans la vie. ” (For nothing is free in life)
…so don’t throw away your leftover vegetables, make them a nice Ratatouille.
Stewed Version of Ratatouille 燉式 法国乡村菜
See my experimental Stewed Ratatouille dish: