kate5kiwis: ratty twee


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

ratty twee

during my childhood, this wee french concoction went by the affectionate name of 'ratty'. the correct spelling/pronunciation is
(not the more recent 'rat patootie', although my kids find this hilarious) and it became a family staple. mum was even known to whip some up to take ashore for beach barbies, in the boating days when dad and uncle eric would make a fire pit on the shoreline, and the meat would be cooked by the time it took the tide to come in and put the fire out. brilliant. this summer, bulldog planted courgettes and aubergines in our garden and we've set about concocting our own perfect ratty recipe. i think i have it.

sweat 2 sliced onions in olive oil with a sprinkling of salt until nearly clear.
add a huge tin of chopped tomatoes and a handful of fresh herbs from said garden. easy on the basil or olly the chef will disinherit us.
add a spoonful of raw sugar (it makes magic with the tomatoes)
simmer gently 15 - 20 minutes until thick and dreamy.

chop up
1 aubergine
2 capsicums
6 courgettes
4 fresh tomatoes, wedged (pfft)
a drizzle of oil and a grind of salt
a clove or two of garlic, top chopped off, olive oil drizzled inside.
roast in the oven at 200 celsius for about 20 - 30 mins until looking a bit char-grilled. but don't burn it lol - whip the garlic out earlier if needed. squeeze sweet little garlic pods out of the clove and discard all that tissue paper stuff.

pop roasted veggies into tomato goo and stir very gently.
makes enough to share at the new year's eve partay...
and there's even some left over for breakfast the next morning.
(the bacon is from a happy pig,
the portobello mushroom is
one of my fave breakfast tastes,
and um, i didn't eat the banana)


Blogger Steve said...

Somebody give this woman a TV cookery show!

10:30 AM  
Blogger PaisleyJade said...


12:45 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

haha, you're hysterical :)
we're such hick butchers around here - we say rat-ah-too-LEE. and to be honest i've never actually tried it...only watched the kids movie. like i said, hick butchers...

3:10 PM  
Blogger SoozNooz said...

I know why you didn't eat the banana!!! sweet and sav??? not your fav. The recipe sounds delish and even more so fresh from the garden!!!! Lovely!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

First off... the pincushion. So cute! And made with some of my favourite-looking fabbies too. Is currently in use helping to make big floor cushion. Little Miss is away at Grandmas at the moment but will be thrilled when she returns. I may even let her play with it.

Second... the happy pig comment. Cracked me up. Little Miss rang on New Years Day to say that her biggest resolution was only to eat meat that has had a happy life. And I know exactly which beachy-dweller that particular directive has issued from. Apparently also applies to marshmallows...

Third... your recipe will be perfect for our newly-instated Meatless Mondays. Also stemming from a visit to the sunny Bay and meat-free heroes who live there.

The 5kiwis influence is on-going and far-reaching. xxx

10:06 PM  
Blogger Widge said...

yuuuummm my mouth was watering looking at that, and yeah I probably wouldn't eat the banana either, but it does look cool

1:34 PM  

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