I do like a bit of ratatouille now and again, and when I was in Lidl the other day and spotted some nice looking courgettes, I decided to have a go at making my own. I found this recipe and printed it to use (but to be honest, I'm sure there are better recipes out "there" in web world, and I wont be using this one again).
As usual with most recipes, as there are only the two of us at home and neither of us has a huge appetite, I halved the quantities listed.
The recipe called for fresh tomatoes, but as I discovered I didn't have enough in stock I cheated by using a tin of chopped tomatoes instead.
All ingredients were chopped - remembering that aubergines turn brown very quickly I did them last instead of first,
and then individually fried for five minutes
before being stirred together in a large saucepan and cooked some more.
I served this with some steamed fish and new potatoes for a tasty meal, but, as mentioned above, I wont be using this recipe again, for the following reasons.
1. The quantity of finished product (given that I halved the quantities) was more like 8 servings than 2.
2. It was courgette heavy (although this was my fault, as the recipe called for small ones, and the ones I bought were probably verging on the larger side of medium)
3. It was tomato light, despite using a 400g tin instead of 4 fresh tomatoes.
4. As already mentioned, the recipe suggested cutting the aubergine first, but (and I only found this out by doing a web search) aubergines discolour fairly quickly when exposed to the air, so should be left until last.
I was able to overcome the tomato problem by adding a couple of chopped fresh tomatoes and some tomato paste for our second tasting two days later (with chicken and boiled potatoes), but we still have at least another three or four servings in the fridge and I'm not sure it will freeze well because the contents are likely to turn to mush.
So, overall, I would say that this wasn't one of my best attempts, but I have learned some lessons from it, and will definitely be having another go at making my own ratatouille.