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Have You Got 15 Minutes?

Please, please, say yes. Do you like vegetables? Please, please, say yes. Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Please, please, say yes. Otherwise I see no sense in writing this recipe. Who would like it, make it, taste it? 😦  Me? Yeah, I forgot about myself. I like vegetables, I am sometimes a vegetarian, I like to cook, to eat and to write recipes. And I like to do that for you, who take the time to read my blog. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today I invite you to try a French recipe, from Carolyn Humphries, ‘Simply Stylish Meals in 15 Minutes’, 1999. So, have you got 15 minutes? If so, here we go:

No-nonsense Ratatouille 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves 4


  • 1 small aubergine (eggplant), sliced
  • 3 courgettes, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green (bell) peppers, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) dried oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) tomato purée (paste)
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) red wine or water


  • Put the prepared vegetables in a large pan with the olive oil. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Add the oregano, seasoning and the tomato purée blended with the wine or water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender.
  • Serve with buttered pasta and grated Parmesan cheese.

Bon appetite!