Come on, admit it. Ever since you watched Pixar’s movie you’ve been dying to eat Remy’s ratatouille! Well, here is the recipe for it!
Since I am not French and certainly did not grow up with this vegetable dish, I cannot say anything so personal about it, I do not have any memory of this dish. It is not the most unusual taste. But it is so humble in taste, and there is such a balanced combination of all the familiar tastes from my own childhood, my past, as well as my present, that I remember my mother’s kitchen from some 20, 30 years back…
And an added bonus: it is easy! It just takes time to chop all the vegetables maybe, but you can have a friend and chop together! I believe this is one of those dishes that would be great to cook with a friend and enjoy a nice chat in the meantime.
Today is Wednesday — my free day — and I enjoyed a lovely lunch remembering and missing my mother. I am now enjoying a well brewed tea and writing my blog post. And I am thinking, once again as Gusteau in the movie also believed, that “anyone can cook”. I know you can. Enjoy!
(my tray is 20x30cm)
5 tbsp / 75 ml olive oil, plus more to drizzle on the tray later
1 big onion
5 garlic cloves
Ground chili pepper, black pepper and salt to taste
2 tbsp / 30 ml tomato paste
1 yellow zucchini
1 green zucchini
Gruyere cheese (or another cheese of your choice)
Fresh basil leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Chop onion and garlic cloves.
12. When all the vegetables are baked and soft, take the tray out of the oven and turn the oven heat to 180C. Spread grated cheese on top and put it back to the oven, this time to the top rack. Bake until cheese melts and starts to get a bit brown.