miercuri, 2 septembrie 2009


My mum is coming home tomorrow from her short holiday so I decided to cook for her as a sign that I missed her ;) ... not that she will eat everything! So I started with a simple receipe of Ratatouille from the Good Foods Magazine...

2 large aubergines, 4 small courgettes, 2 red or yellow peppers, 4 large ripe tomatoes, 5 tbsp olive oil, small bunch of basil, 1 medium onion , peeled and thinly sliced, 3 garlic cloves , peeled and crushed, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar (any kind)

Cut the aubergines in half lengthways. Place them on the board, cut side down, slice in half lengthways again and then across into 1.5cm chunks.
Cut off the courgettes ends, then across into 1.5cm slices.
Chop the peppers into bite-size chunks.
Score a small cross on the base of each tomato, then put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes, leave for 20 secs, then remove. Pour the water away, replace the tomatoes and cover with cold water. Leave to cool, then peel the skin away. Quarter the tomatoes, scrape away the seeds with a spoon, then roughly chop the flesh.
Cut the onions into quarters, peel the garlic.
Mix the vegetables with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Put them in a tray in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Add the chopped basil, the sugar and the vinegar and leave in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the aubergines are cooked.
You can eat it warm with feta cheese.

P.S. Another way to cook the vegetables is by simply mixing them with a little bit of olive oil, the juice and skin from an orange, some garlic, thyme and 1 tablespoon of honey. Put them in an oven for 30-40 minutes until they are sticky and sweet.

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