When i lived in france , i spent my last 5 years living in provence before i moved to ireland . Provence is such a wonderful place to live especially in the old villages in the countryside , the people are so friendly , everything is so colourful and the food is tasty. Every dishes has strong flavours such as garlic , thyme , olives , pesto …. and it is much healthier with the mediteranean influence . It is not often that you will find cream or butter in the food as the main element is olive oil . In most of the restaurant i worked in there was one dish that was always on the menu , and it was ” RATATOUILLE” .I love this dish because it is so versatile and can be served with anything. It is great served with grilled fish , braised meat or even added to pasta or rice dishes. One one my favorites is to spread it on pizza dough and sprinkle with mozarella , it is a delish ( you should try it). For a little of extra flavour , you can add some pitted olives in this recipe and use it as a dip for bread such as fougasse , which is a typical provencal bread ( iposted a recipe a little while ago) .
I hope you find this recipe to your taste and i will post more recipe soon. BON APPETIT.
Serves 4 ( as a side order)
*1 large onion
*2 bell peppers
*5 garlic cloves
*2 tbsp olive oil
*2 tsp herbes de provence ( or mixed herbs)
*1 tsp ketchup
*1/2 tsp chilli flakes ( optional)
*1 pint of tomato sauce ( passata , dolmio …..)
1. In a hot pan add the olive oil , crushed garlic and finely diced onion.
2.While the onion and garlic gently fry , dice the peppers, egg plant , and zucchini , then add to the pan.
3. Season with salt , pepper, chilli flakes and the herbs then stir .
4. once the vegetables start to colour add the tomato sauce and ketchup then reduce the heat .
5.Slowly cook for 30 min while keep stirring and serve .