Ratatouille. What image comes to mind when you hear this word?
A lot of us are familiar with this dish. Either we have had the gastronomical treat of tasting this wonderful dish that originated in Nice and is a scrumptious vegetable stew. Or else we have been captivated with the Pixar production called Ratatouille that was released by Walt Disney Pictures.
For those who have not watched the movie, do go and watch it. It is a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. It follows the story of a rat names Remy who aspires to becomes chef. Remy through a series of hilarious incidents befriends a restaurant garbage guy named Linguini. At some point in the film ,Remy guides Linguini and ends up making the most exquisite version of Ratatouille. Well, I wont tell you anymore or add any spoilers in here. Watch the film!
The ratatouille has been deconstructed and prepared and served in so many different ways but the ingredients have not changed. The ratatouille is made using tomato, courgette, aubergine, bell pepper, garlic, onion and herbs. The word “ratatouille” in it’s origin derivative form means to “stir up”. Simply put, the ratatouille is a Provençal vegetable stew. If you are a perfectionist in the kitchen then you will agree with the purists who believe that each vegetable must shine and its unique flavor must be tasted when preparing this dish.
As mentioned before there are many variations of this dish that are prepared. If you enjoy cooking , then this a dish you simply must try to prepare. Bon Appetit!