I’ve always wanted to give this a try. Ever since I watched the little rat who could cook this dish perfectly in Ratatouille! The vibrant colours just catches my eye instantly, and I think it’s such a celebratory dish – A celebration of colours!
Also, it was my brother’s birthday and I just wanted to cook him something special! Of course, I didn’t only cook him one dish, I made 4! haha This dish pairs perfectly with seafood, so I made some white wine and cream mussels, homemade garlic bread and mushroom risotto! Mmmm!
Don’t you love just cooking for people you love? It’s seriously something I love to do. And seeing their reaction when they take the first bite, it’s worth all the time and effort!
Making the ratatouille was so much fun! One reason was that I got to play with the mandolin. Slicing those vegetables into the same thickness couldn’t be any easier! Fastest prep ever! haha So if you would like to impress your guest the next time u cook for them, I highly recommend making them ratatouille! My family loved how it looked, and enjoyed every single bite!
Ratatouille (Adapted from The Walsh Cookbook)
1 medium green zucchini
1 medium yellow zucchini
1 eggplant (preferably the thin ones)
1 red capsicum
1 yellow/green capsicum
1 red onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 can of tomato puree
1 tsp red chilli flakes
1 tsp italian herbs/ mixed herbs
1 tsp salt
2 tbs olive oil
1) Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius. Try to get the vegetables around the same size, so that they would look neater in your dish! Slice all the vegetables using a mandolin and set aside.
2) Heat a cast iron pot (or any pot that can be used in an oven) over a medium-high flame. Add the olive oil, garlic and onion and sauté till fragrant, careful not to burn them, as they will have a bitter after taste. Add in the tomato puree, salt, herbs & chilli flakes, and allow it to simmer for 5 mins.
3) Carefully arrange the vegetables, alternating the slices of zucchini, eggplant, capsicum and tomato. Continue laying them till you fill your dish and cover with a baking paper to allow it to steam and cook, keeping all the juices in. Bake for 45 mins.
4) Remove the baking paper and sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top and serve!
How easy is that? And I can promise you that everyone will definitely enjoy this! So definitely give it a try when you can!
Okie. So now… time for the GIVEAWAY!
So everyone knows the one event I look forward to every year is no doubt the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show. Endless food & wine, beautiful produce and you get to meet your favourite chefs!
This year, I am lucky enough to be given 2 double passes to giveaway to my readers! Whoopeedoo! What’s more exciting is that this year, Ainsley Harriott will be there for all 4 days of the show (5-8 June), along with Miguel Maestre & Alastair McLeod! So you definitely don’t want to miss the show this year! I can still remember when the Mr bought me tickets to a Private Dining session with Manu Feildel 3 years ago! Definitely a dream come true and an experience I will never forget!
How do you win those tickets? Easy!
- Leave a comment and share with me the favourite dish you love to cook for your loved ones for a special occasion!
- This giveaway is only open to Australian residents! (Sorry international readers!)
- Please join me on my journey! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Let me know once you have followed me!
- You may re-enter daily! One entry a day! (Oh yeah!)
- Winners will be announced on the 29th of April, 10pm.
- Winners will be picked via random.org and notified on this blog post and via email.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Disclaimer : The tickets were given in compliments of Red Agency and I wasn’t paid to run this giveaway.