Easy peasy ratatouille

(Ok, ok, back to our regular programming after yesterday’s excitement – ELTW is a finalist in the “Best New Blog” category at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Awards. Click here to vote for me!)

I love ratatouille! When I was living in Paris, it was one of my favourite “go-to” dishes and I would often go here:

(My favourite produce store in the whole world! It has a vegetable side also!) on the rue Montorgueil to buy the vegetables and make a large amount of it on the weekend and eat it for the rest of the week – and I still didn’t get sick of it!!!

Now Neil is not a big fan since it’s a vegetarian dish, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t eat it. He’ll just say things like “Where’s the meat?” which I ignore… 😉

Last week’s organic box included these local beauties:

And I happened to have these (also local) in our pantry:

And a little bit of this left over from our last trip to France:

I didn’t have much time to spend in the kitchen over the weekend but I roughly chopped everything:

and simmered gently for about 30 minutes:

Knowing I would be home late from university on Wednesday night and would be hungry but too hungry to start cooking at 8.30pm, this was a rare example of forward thinking on my part.

And boy was I glad of it last night when I came home and 10 minutes later, I was eating this:

Bon appétit!

And don’t worry – there will be some more Laos market posts tomorrow…. (the pretty ones, not the Fear Factor ones!)

18 thoughts on “Easy peasy ratatouille”

  1. Another great looking meal! I was happy to vote for you again in the awards and am excited to see the results! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous meal! And healthy, too. But boys will always be boys. I'm very familiar with the "where's the meat?" phrase…But sometimes, hubby will play the, "We need full spectrum protein…" statement.

  3. Oh wow, that's beautiful. I should find my own organic box here too. haha. Looking forward to more Laos posts. Thanks.

  4. I love how easy and delicious and healthy ratatouille is! Even better when filled with local produce 🙂

  5. Simply Life – thanks x 2

    Jen – "full spectrum protein"!!! LOL!

    Conor – you betcha!

    Myrtille – I can't wait to go shopping on the rue Montrogueil in a couple of months – Christmas in Paris – can't wait!

  6. This looks so good! I love ratatouille! So you say that the Tree of Life products are local to you? Does that mean you live in Saint Augustine? Two of my friends work there! 🙂

  7. Amanda – yes, for nearly 6 years… Sigh.

    Jenn – well, Tree of Life has distributors all over North America – and our can says product of Canada (and I have read somewhere that the actual tomatoes are Canadian as opposed to just being canned here)

  8. "full spectrum protein" – love it.

    Now in my defence, it's not that I abhor vegetables or anything. Love them. Just think life is richer with some meat and fine wines in it, that's all. 🙂

    But mmm – this was a nice veggie dish.


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