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RA-TA-TOUILLE

My poor non French people,

On this hot and summery day in California, let me save you again with this gorgeous and healthy and (almost) vegan classic : la Ratatouille.

RA-TA-TOUILLE

Non, you don’t have to be a rat chef from Hollywood to master it… It’s actually one of the easiest dish to do.
Even men cuisine it sometimes, alors

 

4 zucchinis
1 Bell pepper
1 eggplant
1 can diced peeled tomatoes
7 ounces of bacon
1 onion
1 garlic clove, salt and pepper

I was given the secret of the Parfaite Ratatouille when I was young and beautiful as I still am although it was several decades ago.
My roommate at the time was coming from Aix en Provence, and had me swear on her grand-mother’s cookbook that I’ll never give it to anyone else.

Well, she was a crazy person who ended up locking me in the appartment and distroying my voicemail messages whenever she could, so I think I can decide that this oath is no longer valid.

So here we go.

  • Cut the bacon into slices.
    (You can also use pancetta by the way. Or lardons, which is the real thing)
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  • In a cast iron pot, brown the sliced onion and the bacon.
    You don’t need much olive oil for it, the fat of the bacon is almost enough.
  • Meanwhile, cut all the vegetables into very tiny pieces.
    I would say as large as your thumb. Like this

 

  • First add the Bell Pepper.
  • Then the Eggplant.
  • And the Zucchinis.
  • And the diced tomatoes
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Now your goal is for them to marry together.

  • Let them fall in love slowly by adding some  salt, pepper, thyme, herbes de provence.
  • Mix them, shut the cover, put on low, the lowest you can, and go for a sieste.

You have exactly 2 hours to do nothing.

So close your eyes, listen to the cicadas, smell the lavender fields near the hundred-years-old olive trees, put the rosé wine in the fridge.

Yes, you’re in Provence, thanks to your perfect French friend.

 

PS :
Unlike many things in life and love, it’s even better on the next morning.
Ice cold, with a toasted slice of bread. And an Oeuf au plat cooked by your fiancé.
You know, sometimes, guys have to feel they can be useful.

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