V French recipe: Ratatouille

by • 18 March, 2014 • Uncategorized • Comments (0)2883

Probably when thinking about what French eat you will think: cheese and baguette. And true they do eat that quite a lot. But now, name a single French dish … exactly! Ratatouille! And surprise, surprise: it’s vegan!

When I crossed France, between Saint Etienne and Marseille I stopped in castleless  Saint Paul Trois Chateau where Marion hosted me. There I had the pleasure of trying for the first time real homemade Ratatouille (and in a really large amount, because they knew cyclotourists are always hungry!)

So here we go:



 You need:

  • 2 onions
  • ·          1 garlic clove
  • ·          4 zucchini
  • ·          2 eggplants
  • ·          6/8 tomatoes
  • ·          2 peppers (red, green and/or yellow)
  • ·          Some “herbes de Provence” (a mix of spices)




– Cut every vegetable in small parts
– Brown the onions gently
– Add the peppers
– Cook for a minute or 2
– Add the eggplants
– Cook for a minute or 2
– Add the zucchinis
– Cook for a minute or 2
– Finish with the tomatoes.
– Stew for a while at gentle fire

When you stew, cover the pot at the beginning, and retrieve the cover if
there’s too much “water”. The more it stays on the fire, the better it will be.
The ratatouille is ready when the vegetables are all soft.

*Serve it with rice (or some other cereal you like).

Bon appétit!