A Bowl of Ratatouille & My Story

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Champagne toasts!
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Nicole, Maman and my father
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My mother at 19, holding a picture of her grandparents with her father’s reflection in it.
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A very young me.
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Chef Michel LeBorgne, my first mentor (after my mother).
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My beautiful maman and me playing with fresh Espelette peppers.
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A simple bowl of ratatouille

Ratatouille

My mother’s recipe for ratatouille

Ingredients

  • 2 Japanese eggplants diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 green peppers diced
  • 3 zucchini diced
  • 4 cloves garlic mashed
  • 4 tomatoes skinned and chopped
  • 1 cup basil chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Submerge the diced eggplant in ice cold water and let sit for ten minutes to remove any bitterness. I started soaking eggplant rather than salting after reading a cookbook of Japanese dishes. I found it works better.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan and sauté onions and peppers together over low to medium heat till softened and translucent, about ten minutes.
  3. Drain eggplants well and add to onions and peppers. Continue cooking for another ten to fifteen minutes. The eggplant won’t be fully cooked but will be on the way.
  4. Add zucchini, garlic, and tomatoes and continue cooking on low heat till tender, about thirty minutes. Add basil, salt, and pepper and cook five more minutes.
  5. If you want, drizzle with a really fruity flavored olive oil and sprinkle on finely grated Parmesan. Even a poached egg served on top is incredible.

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My earliest attempt at cookery began with the filleting of my sister's goldfish at age 2 and cooking my pet rabbits by age 7. Life has been downhill ever since.

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