10 August 2008

Rats, rats, rats!

A few days ago, Bug was watching Ratatouille on DVD for the ten gazillionth time (Oh, do we *HEART* Pixar!!). When they got to the part where Remy is putting together the ratatouille for food critic Anton Ego, my attention is piqued. Hmmm, that stuff that Remy and Collette are slicing looks an awful lot like zucchini (we got that from our CSA!) and summer squash (we got that from Kitty Daddy's coworker's garden!!) and, ooooo, that looks tomatoish (we got that from our CSA!!). I dug around on the interwebs a bit to see what all goes in ratatouille, got some green peppers from Farmers' Market, dug out an onion and some fresh garlic from our CSA box and picked up an eggplant from (*gasp* the horrors) the grocery store and... Viola! (pronouced VYE-ola) Ratatouille for dinner! Considering that I combined, picking and choosing from, about three recipes, it turned out durned tasty. Bug was convinced that he wouldn't like it (he was quoting Linguini from the movie: "Ratatouille. It's like a stew, right? Why do they call it that? If you're gonna name a food, you should give it a name that sounds delicious. Ratatouille doesn't sound delicious. It sounds like "rat" and "patootie." Rat-patootie, which does not sound delicious. "), so he was quite tickled to find it edible! All three kids managed pick out a couple of components that weren't completely pee-yuck in amongst all those veggies (tomatoes for Bean, zucchini and squash for Bug, some mushed up eggplant for Beeb). So an entirely successful dinner and a movie! Well, not on the same night, but still!


Stephany said...

I had it once a long time ago in a restaurant and it is yummy.

I would love to see the recipe.

Namma said...

I'm impressed that you're even paying attention to the movie after seeing it ten gazillion times ;o) That just goes to show you that anything can serve as your muse for an idea.

I agree with Bug that a dish starting with "rat" (and especially coming from a movie that stars a rat) makes it sound less than delicious. I think they should call it "Almost Chocolate Vegetables" (never mind that there's no chocolate in the recipe)!