I am a strong believer that food plays a huge role in our wellbeing. Not complicated diets and fads (not even expensive restaurant food), but simple back-to-basics food fresh from the local market.
If you have vegetables which are very fresh, organic and grown in nutrient-rich soil (not over-cultivated or mass-produced), you don’t have to add much seasoning or flavouring. Cooked simply, the flavours really come through.
Ratatouille is the simplest ever dish to make. My kids used to call it tomatoes-with-everything.
- 6 large, ripe tomatoes (cut as shown in photo above)
- 2 aubergines (cut as shown in photo above)
- Use what you have: courgette, sweet peppers
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 bunch basil (I used Thai basil which is a whole lot cheaper)
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 glass of wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
My fast and simple way of cooking this would probably infuriate purists, but I just sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil until fragrant, add the other vegetables and then the wine vinegar, wine and sugar. Cook until the vegetables are tender.