On the Menu this week
Quick ratatouille served with rice
No bake dessert in a jar
We had an indoor cooking session due to the weather. But we still managed to wander in the garden for harvesting!
For the ratatouille: fennel leaves, pepper, courgette, basil, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, parsley
For the dessert: raspberry, red currant, rhubarb, blueberry
Ingredients (serving 6-8)
1 tablespoon olive oil (use water to saute to make oil-free)
1 large onion , diced
4 cloves garlic , chopped finely
1 large eggplant / aubergine , diced into ¾ inch pieces
2 large zucchini , diced into ¾ inch pieces
2 large bell peppers , deseeded & cut into ¾ inch pieces
900g / 6 cups /about 8 large fresh tomatoes , diced into chunky pieces
Handful of fennel leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
5 bay leaves
1 jar black olive
Parsley for serving
Serve with rice
Place a large pan that holds at least 5 to 6 quarts/litres, over medium heat and add the olive oil. Feel free to add more olive oil if you like
(If you are wanting to keep the recipe oil-free use a little water to saute instead).
When hot, add the onions and cook for 7 to 8 minutes until translucent.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add all of the other ingredients, give it a good stir and allow to come to a steady simmer.
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the tomatoes have mostly broken down.
Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve with rice
No bake dessert in a jar (use jar from the black olives!)
Easy to create your own with what’s available in your kitchen.
Layer 1 it’s crunchy: broken digestive, oat or broken biscoffi biscuits
Middle layer, it’s moisture: mashed bananas, compote, yogurt
Last but lost least, the Fruits: raspberry, red currants, blueberries, mango, …
Option: cinnamon powder, vanilla extract.
Not sweet enough? Maple syrup, honey
Example 1: digestive, apple/rhubarb compote, raspberries
Example 2: biscoffi biscuits, mashed bananas, red currants
Example 3: oat, yogurt, maple syrup, blueberries
We had broken ginger biscuits or speculoos with apple and rhubarb compote, yogurt, banana and berries!
Thank you Marnie for the photos!