This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉
Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.
Mix buckwheat flour with salt, milk, water, and eggs together. Add melted butter and whisk until you get a smooth batter. Cover with plastic and and let rest for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to cook the crepes, stir the batter before frying each crepe.
In a medium skillet, heat the oil add onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes.
Add the sour cream, mix well, and cook for another few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to fully cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Cook for a few seconds until the surface isn't liquid.
Without flipping the crepe, place 2-3 Tbsps of mushroom's filling in the center. A 10-15 seconds later, as the crepe seems to be ready, carefully lift the sides with a spatula and fold them to form a square, or triangle.
Carrefully transfer the crepe from the pan to tha plate, and serve quickly.
Even with it’s simplicity, this salad will look good on any table arrangement. All that is needed for this recipe are fresh radishes and fresh herbs. These thinly sliced radishes create a colorful and delicious entree that will please any veggie-lover. Add your favorite fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. You can use any vinegar you like: white, apple or balsamic. I like to make this salad with white vinegar. This salad looks amazing if served in a white salad bowl.
Seasonal Radishes Salad
If prefer it, you can replace the vinegar and oil with a tablespoon of sour cream or Greek yogurt .
In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
Serve the creamy soup and don't forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.
There are quite a few nut cake recipes; but this one, which my mother-in-law is preparing is a little different. With that easy walnut cake, you can really taste the taste of nuts thanks to the small pieces that crunch under your teeth!
Cut the cabbage in half and peel of a few of the thin outer layers. Cut each half into quarters, then cut out the tough core in the middle. Slice each quarter crosswise into thin shreds. Add salt and squeeze the shredded cabbage with your hands.
Peel the carrots and shred them.
Transfer the shredded carrots and cabbage into the mixing bowl. Add sugar, white vinegar and olive oil. Gently toss everything together. Taste and add some more salt if needed. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
The tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.
Homemade Olive Tapenade
The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.
Cowboy caviar (or Texas caviar) is a simple, healthy, colorful, and delicious appetizer, salad, side-dish, or dip. Using canned beans and corn is a quicker alternative to cooking dry beans. Spend less time in the kitchen but don’t forget to prepare in advance to allow the different flavors to blend together before serving.
The jalapeño can be replaced by a few pinches of chili powder.