Ratatouille

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I have been thinking about cooking Ratatouille recently. Ratatouille is is a French Provença stewed vegetable dish, simply seasoned with herbs. It’s a humble, rustic dish which requires no skills. It’s packed with flavors and nutrition. It’s also a great dish to serve for people with food allergies or dietary restrictions, because it doesn’t contain any dairy, gluten, or nuts. The dish itself is also versatile, serving as a hearty main course over rice, potatoes, couscous, or with a crunchy baguette. It can also be served as a solid side dish. If you’re not worried about dairy, feel free to grate some Parmesan cheese on top for an extra flavor. And again, you also only need one pot for this recipe! Well, another common method to cook Ratatouille is to heat the veggies separately and cook them together in a pot in the end. If you have enough time and wanna give a try, why not? About the herbs, thyme, rosemary and basil are my favorite combination. Fresh ones always taste better than dry ones in this case. But if you don’t have any, use the Italian mixed herbs, they will do the job too. Don’t be shy, add a lot please.
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Ingredients
(serves 3)
1 red onion, 1 zucchini, 1 eggplant, 1 carrot, 1 red or green pepper (medium sized and roughly chopped into chunks)
Several small button mushrooms
10 small whole tomatoes, or 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped into chunks
2 cloves garlic, sliced
A bunch of fresh(or a pinch of dry) thyme leaves, rosemary, basil or Italian mixed herbs
Salt & pepper, extra virgin olive oil, to taste

Methods:
1. In a medium sized pot, heat the oil, onion, red pepper and garlic over medium heat for about 5 mins, stir frequently.
2. Add the carrot, zucchini, eggplant, mushroom. Season with herbs, salt and pepper. Keep stirring over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the veggies become moist and a bit brown.
3. Add the fresh tomatoes and mix them well in the pot. Cover the pot and cook for another 15-20 mins, until vegetables are tender, but still in shapes. Stir one or two times in between only in case it’s getting sticky on the bottom.
4. Serve in a bowl, with breads or anything else you want to match your Ratatouille. Bon Appetit!

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