Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ratatouille and Sunflowers~














While the sunflowers finally bloomed..the rain came..I mad good use of the time with preserving a few things..and making dinners that took advantage of veggies in Fred's garden and Jean Talon's garden..
One of my favorite dishes is this old Epicurious recipe I started making so many years ago..Ratatouille with Penne..
It's so delicious..all you need is extra parm on top after you serve and you are in roasted veggie heaven

Here is the recipe~
I have been making it since 1999 and can't believe there are only 3.5 stars.
It is so delicious..Maybe some don't taste as they go along..or don't add enough parm at serving..
Beacause it is more than 3.5:)

The other thing we enjoyed with the eggplants..were  these..I could have just eaten those..we were having fish..I did add Italian Seasonings to the panko..The author says even adding seasonings to the eggs is a good idea;)
Eggplant baked fries..delicioso:)


Footnote..my sunflowers are struggling with less sunshine and cooler temps..but his?♥



Noah came home from school last June..his teacher had given the students tiny little plants to plant at his home....
I would say his project turned out even better than mine:)

30 comments:

  1. Que buenísimo y apetecible, además me encantan las berenjenas.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks for the ideas to use eggplant. We grew some this summer and frankly, I only had one recipe for them. I love the fairy ones. Bet Noah was proud of that sunflower. He can feed the birds with it this winter.

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  3. i love the photos of your grandson with his sunflowers, wonderful and those eggplant are beautiful

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  4. Ratatouille was one of my go-to's in college. Yeah, sounds kind of odd for a college student, but it was so delicious and I could pretty much eat it with everything from chicken to just some toasted bread. Your recipe sounds great and you've grown some gorgeous eggplants in your garden!

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  5. Noah is adorable with his big sunflowers. He's going to be a great gardener. Your ratatouille is so pretty and it makes a very healthy meal, especially with your homegrown eggplant.
    Sam

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  6. I had a friend stop by today and she gave me a sunflower plant she pulled up for me. It's a perennial AND it will grow as tall as I!! I'll have to wait until next summer though. I love your sunflowers, you have such a green thumb which makes me green with envy, lol! -Bev p.s. I love eggplant....Eggplant Parmesan and in my Vegetable Tian. Sounds like I would like this Ratatouille recipe so I must try

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  7. So many eggplant lovers!
    Do try it..it is wonderful!

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  8. I haven't made Ratatouille in ages....my mother had the best recipe! I'll have to dig it out and compare.
    Kudos to Noah and his sunflower!

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  9. Love ratatouille 💝 Lucky Noah to have such beautiful sunflowers. The squirrels dug up my seeds the minute I planted them. Are you getting a frost tonight like we are?

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    1. No frost as of yet.I wait till frost to start with the pots..and then the huge clean up.
      I need a genie in a bottle now:)
      Did you get it?The frost?

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    2. They are predicting a possible frost on Friday here :-(

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  10. I still have a few eggplant growing that I need to harvest. Your ratatouille is going right to the top of the list! Next year, I will grow the plumper ones. They look so pretty in the bowl :-)

    Noah looks so proud of his sunflower. They are such wonders to look at!

    We've had so much rain here, the grass in our lawn still looks like spring grass. My indoor violets from Easter are blooming again also!

    Bon weekend, M!

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    1. Bon weekend S!
      That bowl is used every day w/ everythinhg:)

      Our grass looks like Spring grass too ..it is quite lovely all around when the sun shines.

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  11. The little eggplants in the wire basket could be a still-life painting. I love the painted shades on your chandelier…did you paint them?

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    1. No the little shades came like that..a gift shop we had in our small town..I bought them when we moved here 13 years ago.
      I still like them..different vegetables..fruit and flowers.
      My light fixture came w/out..But I knew these could work.
      Thanks Karen!

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  12. Beautiful (sun)flowers and mouthwatering ratatouille. This is a dish I love to cook when summer vegetables are in season. That eggplant is splendid.

    Cute Noah.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. Your grandson's sunflowers are gorgeous, I bet he was proud. Ratatouille is such a great dish, will have to try your recipe. Another nice post!

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  14. LURVE your pictures and love Ratatouille but not so easy to get right...tricky recipe. will give it a try

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    1. Taste taste taste.
      I keep thinking about you meeting Pierre Marcolini:)

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  15. La ratatouille maison est la meilleure, mais avec des courgettes du jardin elle doit être excellente !
    Quels beaux tournesols en tout cas ! L'été dure ~

    Bonne fin de semaine !

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  16. Monique I love these pictures and live the aubergines!:)look awesome!!

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  17. I don't really like eggplant, but I do like a little bit of ratatouille (mainly I just like saying it!).

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  18. Monique, I don't know which made me smile more Noah's smile or the sunflower! Of course Noah's smile! That ratatouile looks fabulous. Bookmarking it for future reference! Only a few days now and summer will be officially over. Sigh . . . I do love autumn, but will miss summer. My garden is missing it already. xxoo

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  19. I love ratatouille I make a recipe my sister gave me years ago. I was away camping and just had the chance to reply to your comment about garlic in Ottawa. Thanks for the link. I will contact the guy. Have a great week-end!

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  20. Love the picture of Noah's sunflower! And I adore ratatouille, which tastes and looks like summer to me. I usually just make my ratatouille straight, without pasta, but I'm sure it is delicious, as only ratatouille can be.

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  21. Sunflower success! That is one giant sunflower. '-) Congratulations, Noah!

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