Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today's Special

Sometimes the simplest, most rustic dishes, are the most comforting.  Chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs.  These are all relatively homey, non-fancy, comfort foods.  Even the best chefs in the world have their version of what constitutes comfort, and it may never actually appear on their menus.  In true Disney fashion, one of my favorite animated films highlights the sentimental awareness that can strike when someone experiences that simple, warming recognition in tasting something extraordinarily ordinary, and reminiscent of their youth.  The film I speak of is of course Ratatouille.

Today, I made ratatouille.  It was traditionally a Provençal peasant dish, basically a tomatoey stew of vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, onions, peppers, etc).  We made a slightly more refined version today, preparing the tomato sauce with onion, garlic and herbs separate from the other vegetables, which were each sautéed separately and then mixed in at the end.  The ratatouille was delicious.  Though for me it doesn't have quite the same effect it had on Anton Ego in Ratatouille, I can see how anyone from humble roots in Southern France can experience that deja vu.

Veloute aux Girolle (Cream of Chanterelle Mushroom Soup) 

Consomme Madrilene (Consomme with Tomato Concasse) 

 Quiche de Homard (Lobster Quiche--Slightly Deconstructed)

Thon a la Nicoise (Tuna Nicoise--My Ratatouille is on the Right) 

Gigot d'Agneau Roti a l'Estragon (Roast Leg of Lamb with Tarragon--Ratatouille on the Left)

Contrefilet de Boeuf Dianne (Steak Diane) 

Coq au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine) 

Salade Americaine (American Salad) 


Chow and Chatter said...

wow great food and I adore ratatouile

Lucine said...

OMG, Vicky, every single dish looks so fabulous and appetizing!!! Wish I could try some of each!

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