Do you know this feeling, that there are much more possibilities for activities around you, than you can do in the end because of your limited time? This happens to me almost all the time. I love to meet friends, to go to exhibitions, to concerts or to the movies, to attend some class, to go to the sport or simply to sit on the couch doing nothing (which I think can also be an activity) or reading. But fact is: You can spend your time just once. Therefore I sometimes combine also some of these activities like going with friends to some event or to the movies.
Nevertheless, I still go rather seldom to the movies, simply because watching movies is for me an activity with a lower priority compared to my other activities. But if I made it to the cinema or watch a movie on DVD, in the end I am mostly also very enthusiastic about the movie I watched there. Luckily the man of my choice watches movies more often. Thanks to his initiative we have seen already some movies which I otherwise would not have seen until today. Ratatouille is definetely such a movie. I fell in love at once with this animated film about a little rat which wanted to become a great cook in Paris. The way how the topics friendship, living your dreams and enjoying life are integrated in the story is just something for the heart. And furthermore I was surprised that such a little animated rat would energize me so much when it comes to my food-blog. If you have not seen Ratatouille so far, this is my movie-tip to you.
My recipe today is also about ratatouille. I named it Ratatouille sine Aubergine because this time I decided to make it without them. But if you want to cook it with aubergines then just replace half of the zucchini by aubergine and prepare them the same way like the zucchini. The original recipe is from the book Wintergrillen (winter barbecue) which I plan to introduce later this week. And what is special about this recipe is that you can prepare it already some days in advance if you give the hot ratouille for cooling into glasses with a twist off closure. The exact methode is described in the recipe.
Ratatouille sin Aubergine in Jar
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 Spanish onion sliced and diced
- 1 kg red yellow, green bell pepper (cut in 2-3 cm sized slices)
- 3 garlic cloves crushed using a garlic press
- 1 can tomato pieces about 250 g
- salt | pepper
- 440 g zucchini diced into 2-3 cm sized cubes
- 1 twig rosemary pins picked off and chopped
- 1 stem thyme the leaved picked off and chopped
- Heat 1.5 tbsp of the olive oil in a large pan and fry the diced onion portionwise golden brown about 5 minutes while stirring. Add the pepper slices and the garlic in portions and fry them for further 5 minutes. Then add the tomato pieces and season with salt and pepper. Let the ingredients simmer over medium heat and stirr occasionally until creamy thick
- Heat the remaining olive oil in a large, wide pan, fry the zucchini cubes successivley in it while stirring, and season with salt and pepper.
- Give the zucchini cubes and the chopped herbs to the creamy boiled onion-pepper-tomato mixture and mix well. Season again with salt, pepper and a little sugar.
- Fill the hot ratatouille brimful into prepared jars. Close the jars with twist-off caps, turn them around and let them stand for about 5 minutes. Store the ratatouille at a cool and dark place.
serves 3 jars, each about 500 ml Adapted from "Wintergrillen"