Rhymes with Louie
And with Stewie
And even buoy (although that may not help those who struggle with buoy!)
Okaaaaay. That was very...retro. The "Okay class, sit down and we will begin to learn our ABCs" kind of retro!
You may recall my shock at not having heard of galettes until very recently? Well, ditto to ratatouille. Where has it been all my life? Why have I never heard of it? I mean, I actually heard of natto, which has to be more obscure than ratatouille.
I wish I could forget natto, but natto is not that kind of dish!
Apparently, natto is made by fermenting soy beans with Bacillus subtilus. I have nothing against Bacillus subtilus personally. It has an impressive resume on Wikipedia. But it should stay away from soy beans.
We had natto in Japan. In 2011 we spent a night at a monastery on Mt. Koya. There are no words to describe Mt. Koya. None. One of the highlights was a meal, prepared by Buddhist monks. It was a vegan meal that was prepared without using garlic or onion. A miracle in and of itself.
Everything was delicious...except the natto. Ick. Ick. Double ick.
Now, where was I? Oh yeah...ratatouille.
I recently went to a book signing at Chapters. Chef Michael Smith was signing his new cookbook "Family Meals". I really enjoy his cooking shows and couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a signed copy. He also prepared a meal at Mallard Cottage when he was here. Tickets sold out in 5 minutes! I would have loved to have gone but it was not in the stars.
I don't use cookbooks so much anymore for cooking, just for baking. But since I bought his book I have been trying a few recipes and am delighted to find a few that I had never tried before. Ratatouille being one of them. I can't share his recipe with you, that would be just rude! But I can recommend that you get the cookbook and give it a try. Alternatively, there are recipes online as well.
Ratatouille is a French stew using zucchini, eggplant, peppers, onion, tomatoes and a lot of garlic. I believe some cook it on top of the stove, but this recipe is roasted in the oven.
I am not sure what the key ingredient is that makes it so yummy. I regularly roast veggies in the oven. But this was definitely different from anything I have ever done. I highly recommend it!
Way better than natto :-)