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home grown veggies

Good thing in summer is when our gardens grow lots of veggies. This late summer, we almost havest every week: eggplant/aubergineszucchini, bell peppers,courgettes and tomatoes. 

All good ingredients for Ratatouille!!!

Classic Ratatouille recipe


  • About ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 eggplant (1¼ pounds); ends cut off, washed and cut, with skin on, into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 3 medium zucchini (about 1 ¼ pounds, washed, ends removed, cut in 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 12 ounces onions (2-3 depending on size), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound green bell peppers (2–3,) washed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch squares (about 3 cups)
  • 4–5 well-ripened tomatoes; peeled, halved, seeded and coarsely cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 5–6 cloves garlic; peeled, crushed, and very finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat ¼ cup of the oil in one or, better, two large skillets.
  2. First sauté the eggplant cubes, about 8 minutes; remove with slotted spoon and transfer to a large, heavy flameproof casserole. (The eggplant will absorb more oil while cooking than the other vegetables.)
  3. Then sauté the zucchini cubes until browned, about 8 minutes. Then transfer to the casserole.
  4. Add about ¼ cup more oil to the pan and sauté the onions and peppers together for about 6 minutes. Add them to the casserole.
  5. Add the tomatoes, garlic, water, salt, and pepper to the casserole and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover, and cook over low heat for 1 hour.
  6. Remove the cover, increase the heat to medium, and cook another 20 minutes, uncovered, to reduce some of the liquid; stir once in a while to prevent scorching.
  7. Let the ratatouille rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.


This recipe is from Jacques Pepin: Ratatouille is the epitome of Provençal vegetable stews. The vegetables are sautéed individually in oil before being stewed, so they keep their shape and texture. If you prefer, though, you can put all the cubed vegetables into a casserole and top with the seasonings and water. Ratatouille is excellent reheated, and superb cold as an hors d’oeuvre topped with small black olives and olive oil.

photo source: pinterest

Ratatouille và hoa củ mùa hè!

Bí quyết của mẹ Ka là
– Các loại rau củ: cà tím, cà chua, củ cải, dưa leo, dưa chuột, ớt Hà lan xắt lát, xào sa té trên chảo nóng riêng từng loại trong khoảng 5-8 phút.
– Hành củ xào cho chín với tỏi, cà chua xay nhuyễn, tiêu, muối, bột nêm rồi đổ vào khay/khuôn nướng
– xếp rau củ thành từng lớp bên trên, rồi rắc cheese (parmesan cheese hoặc brie cheese), breadcrumbs (bột bánh mì xay nhuyễn), mixed herbs (hỗn hợp các loại hương thảo xay nhuyễn sấy khô) lên trên
– cho vào lò nướng lữa lớn 260-300oC trong vòng 20 phút cho sôi, rồi bớt lửa xuống 140 – 160oC nướng trong vòng 1 giờ sau đó tăng lửa lớn lại thêm 20 phút cho nước cạn bớt.
– Lấy ra, để nguội. Ăn liền hoặc hâm nóng ăn mấy hôm sau ^.^


Before roasted


ready to go inside the oven


After roasted