How would you react upon seeing a rat scurrying out of the kitchen upon seeing you? Bet you'll scream. But how about seeing a rat cooking in your kitchen?

Might be the same reaction of Alfredo Linguini (the garbage boy turned restaurant owner and chef): shocked and speechless. But like him, I would want to know how the rat was able to cook...

Ratatouille, set in Paris, is one of those films that my kids love watching over and over until they can exchange the dialogues of the characters. This is one of those Pixar movies you would wish to have a sequel.

Aside from the smooth story which makes this a film for "Moms and Dads, but the kids will love it too," Ratatouille makes you crave for the food you see on screen. The animators where successful in 'cooking' computerized foods which appeal to the viewers as though it is real food. But what I like most is the presentation of a French peasant food of the same name, Ratatouille (rat-ta-too-wee). So here is how the veggie wonder is done.


bell pepper
thyme, basil, parsley
olive oil
tomato paste
salt and pepper

1. Wash and cut up the vegetables accordingly to serving sizes.

2. In a deep cooking pot, pour in lots of olive oil. When the oil warms, put in the onions and garlic. Stir in the bell pepper strips and the tomatoes and stir well. Throw in the three herbs, salt and pepper.

3. Throw in the eggplants and zucchini and stir well. Put the tomato paste and let it cook for another 45 minutes or more.
This is like the Filipino Pinakbet sans the bagoong...and with a French twist! Can be served as it is or (of course), with rice!

Side dish: Word for the day
Umr├╝hren (v) : to stir

Gita Asuncion  – (December 5, 2007 at 7:32 AM)  

mukang masarap a! im sure Mon will love this... mahilig sa veggies yun eh.. kahit veggies nga lang ang nakaserve, happy na yun!

g_mirage  – (December 6, 2007 at 11:35 AM)  

Surprisingly Doc, this is good even without meat. Hubby doesn't like eggplants but he ate this! =D

luna miranda  – (January 3, 2008 at 10:51 PM)  

Thanks for sharing this link.:D I'm not really into veggies but my mom would love this!

Here's a funny take on Ratatouille http://ishnavera.blogspot.com/2007/08/view-ratatouille-mong-malaki.html

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