Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Originally uploaded by plainsight
We went to see the new Disney movie over the weekend, and to use up what was left of the week's CSA box, I made this loose interpretation of ratatouille. "It doesn't look like the one in the movie, mom," Selma commented on the presentation of the dish in the movie, and added, "that one had a special sauce." Kids are so literal. She gobbled it up, regardless.

I omitted the tomatoes I usually put in my ratatouille, used only salt, olive oil, and basil for seasoning. Vegetables were yellow squash, onions, and zucchini, I added a can of white beans just before serving, and served over butterfly pasta.

Wikipedia says this about the origin of the word ratatouille:
The name of the dish appears to derive from the French touiller, "to stir", although the root of the first element "rata" is slang from the French Army meaning "chunky stew".
They also have a recipe in their Wikimedia Cookbook.

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Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Oh too funny! I too made ratatouille this week - in honor of the movie - I'm planning on posting tomorrow when my daughter returns my camera cable!!

(I loved that they showed very little "meat" being prepared/cooked in the movie, especially since it's loosely based on French Cuisine).

Great post by the way!

'River' (aka Beanvegan) said...

Haven't seen the movie (should I???), but gotta vote for your version of ratatouille! (And is THAT where the name comes from! Learn something everyday!!! A cheeky name for an elegant dish ;) )
Know what you mean about being where food is honoured - it's not just for eating! It's for admiring, smelling, enjoying, savouring and, yes, honouring as well. You could start a cult!

Apologies for neglecting my blog friends for so long. But I'm baaaaack :) Hugs.