Summertime….. and the living is easy… as they say. Except that here in Paris, it’s barely been summer-like weather. But no matter, this week’s JC100 recipe – Ratatouille – was perfect for those of us cooking in cooler conditions than those of you sweltering back home on the east coast. Ratatouille can be comfort food or it can be a sweet summer side dish, served cold. It’s one of my favourite vegetable dishes, that’s for sure. I have a favourite recipe for it already so I was interested to try Julia’s version.
Like other good ratatouille recipes, this one has you cooking your vegetables at different stages (to avoid the mush factor) and Julia layers the veggies after they are partly cooked so that each vegetable infuses the others with its flavour. Neat concept and it worked. I made this as a side dish earlier in the week for friends but have since enjoyed it just on its own. In fact, summer DID appear fleetingly yesterday so a glass of rosé seemed an appropriate accompaniment.
* Culinary icon Julia Child would have turned 100 years old on August 15th of this year. To honor her, the folks at YC Media and Random House/ Alfred A. Knopf are launching the JC100: an international campaign involving restaurants, chefs, bookstores, and bloggers, all celebrating Julia and her legacy. Their goal is to raise one million voices in tribute to Julia, and I am honoured to participate!
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