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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a vegetable stew originating from Provence. The word comes from the Occitan “ratathola” (source: wikipedia). There are 2 ways of cooking ratatouille: either stew all the vegetables together or cook them separately and then combine them for a last simmer and serve. We are going to use the first method, which is simpler and faster, true to the Thermomix tradition of “Fast and Easy”! As you can see,  the vegetables still hold their shape even though they were cooked for 30 minutes in the Thermomix. This is testament to the extreme gentleness of the blades in reverse mode and the speed spoon.

Source: Fast and Easy cooking

Ingredients

120g onion, peeled and quartered
1 shallot, peeled and halved
1 clove garlic, peeled
20g olive oil (I used extra virgin)
200g courgettes
300g aubergines
300g ripes tomatoes
100g red peppers
20g basil leaves, torn
20g parsley, chopped
2 sprigs of thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Chop the onion, shallot and garlic 7 seconds/speed 5.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the TM bowl with the spatula.
  3. Add oil. Sauté 5 min/100C/speed spoon/reverese blade direction. During this time, cut the courgettes into 1cm thick slices and the other vegetables into large pieces.
  4. Add the vegetables to the TM bowl with the sprigs of thyme, season and cook 30 min/100C/speed spoon/reverse blade direction.
  5. Turn into a serving dish, discard the thyme branches and add the chopped herbs.
  6. You can serve as a side dish or as a main course with rice or bread.

Strawberry Salad

Today was my first participation to the Irish foodies cookalong. The principle is to cook a dish based on a theme every first Friday of the month. This month’s  theme is summer salads. I wanted to make a strawberry salad for a long time but never quite got around it. So I surfed the internet and I found this fab’ recipe from Jamie Oliver. I loved the interesting mix of flavours and colours. The result was a fresh, tasty and vibrant salad.

(Source: Jamie Oliver)

Ingredients

(Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter)

250g strawberries
6 slices of Parma ham
200g Halloumi cheese, cut into 8 thin slices
Salad leaves
1 tbsp good quality Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
A sprig a mint leaves
8 basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries. Slice them in 2mm thick slices.
  2. Add the Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix. Leave aside so the flavours infuse.
  3. Heat a frying pan with a dollop of olive oil. Press 1 basil leaf on each halloumi cheese slice.
  4. Fry the halloumi slices on a medium heat, basil side down for a couple of minutes or until golden then turn over and fry for another couple of minutes.
  5. Dress the plate: put the salad in the middle, arrange the halloumi cheese and the parma ham around and spoon in the strawberries and juices over.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped mint leaves and serve at once!