Monday, February 27, 2012

French Roots

My mom was probably the best cook I've ever known.
That woman could whip up some delicious fare.
We're talkin' from soup to pastries.
I guess it didn't hurt that she is from France,
where food is king.
Now that she is no longer able to prepare meals,
I am so grateful to have a few of her tried-and-true recipes
from my childhood.
This is one.
After sampling last week,
I am glad to say it is "Mimi approved".


Mimi's Ratatouille

2 large eggplant, chopped
3 medium zucchini, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 t salt
2 t Italian herbs
olive oil

Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil 5-7 minutes until fragrant.
Add veggies, and Italian herbs and bring to a boil.
Turn down to a simmer and cook 45 minutes, covered.
Add salt to taste.
Serve over rice, pasta
or with a big hunk of homemade bread.

This recipe would lend itself well to crockpot cooking.
The kicker?
It gets better the longer it sits.