Monday, February 20, 2006

snap, crackle and pop

Just so no one gets to thinking that we eat large slabs of meat three times a day, here's proof. Last night I made (a reasonable facsimile of) Vietnamese salad rolls with peanut sauce for dinner. The sole survivor was my lunch today.

Tonight we're having salmon and this stir-fry ratatouille which I really enjoy because it doesn't have as much oil or take as long to make as a classic ratatouille. It's great hot or cold as a vegetable side dish and also wonderful on its own or sprinkled with a bit of grated cheese on top, melted under the broiler until brown.

Stir-Fry Ratatouille (from The Lighthearted Cookbook by Anne Lindsay)

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 medium mushrooms, halved
1 small sweet red or yellow pepper, cubed
2 cups cubed unpeeled eggplant
1 small zucchini, sliced
2 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1/2 tsp each dried thyme and basil
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 fresh rat

In a large non-stick skillet heat half of oil over medium-high heat; add onion, garlic, mushrooms and sweet pepper and stir-fry until tender, about 4 minutes. With slotted spoon remove to side dish and set aside.

Heat remaining oil in skillet; add eggplant, zucchini; stir-fry for 4 minutes or until tender. Return mushroom mixture to pan, add tomatoes, thyme, basil; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6 servings.

And then...the ultimate in sophisticated desserts, something I haven't made for ages...

Rice Krispies® squares! Mmmmmm!

There are only four left and guess who ate most of them?


At February 20, 2006 4:37 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

I just love those rice-crispy squares.My Mum always made them with melted golden syrup and mashmallows. So yummy.

At February 20, 2006 4:42 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You've done it again, Christina. Inspired me to cook something really cool. Actually, I'd eat your salad roll in a flash but probably would never attempt making it. But the stir-fry ratatouille? Omigod. That's a real winner that even I would make!

And "nobody doesn't like" Rice Krispie treats!

At February 20, 2006 4:51 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yum! I'm thinking I'm making that tonight too!

At February 20, 2006 5:50 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

At least 3 times a week, I want to come over to your place for dinner! :-)

At February 20, 2006 5:53 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Riiiice crispeee squares!!! My Mom used to do them too!! I loved them. Funny is that if you don't have any kids around, one never thinks of making stuff like that.

At February 20, 2006 6:44 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Oooh, it's a good job it's dinner time because now I'm ravenous!

That ratatouille looks amazing!

At February 20, 2006 7:36 p.m., Anonymous Karl said...

That ratatouille looks tasty. I'm going to have to jot that recipe down.

At February 20, 2006 8:24 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Woo-hoo!!! Find me one person on this earth who doesn't love Rice Crispy Treats.

Sorry, Ratatouille...but you can't compete with square and gooey.


At February 20, 2006 8:45 p.m., Anonymous Wendy said...

I'm going to have to try those rice krispy things as soon as I can find rice the moment we're into making (and eating) fudge. Although I told the boys this evening that we're all putting on weight so no more fudge and we're all gonna start walking (for exercise) together...Nathan was very embarrassed when I pointed out his fat rolls...he's a quite a porker. Oh but we love food, all of us. Nathan cried tonight and asked me how can he say "no" when his tummy is crying out for more and more food...difficult one that!

At February 20, 2006 9:13 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Lawdy....when can I move in???? I'll knit in return for yummy food!!!

At February 20, 2006 9:49 p.m., Blogger lily b said...

Rice Krispies treats share a place in my heart with brownies for favorite dessert.

And how can you possibly make ratatouille without the rat?

At February 20, 2006 10:34 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

Alright. I can't stands it no more. I'm coming to live with you.

At February 21, 2006 12:31 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Wait just a minute! They sell Rice Krispies in Hannover? No fair! We don't get Rice Krispies here!

That recipe looks yummy!

At February 21, 2006 12:38 a.m., Blogger GC PHILO said...

Mmmm... Rice krispies treats. I haven't had those in ages...

At February 21, 2006 4:07 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

It seems to me that you know how to cook and make treats. You make me hungry just looking.

At February 21, 2006 4:30 a.m., Blogger Nyana said...

oh my! those look delicious! i actually had almost exactly the same stuff for dinner last night. whoever invented rice paper... me like him so much!

At February 21, 2006 7:25 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Gosh - I've completely forgotten how to make rice krispie sqares (which is a good thing in keeping my hips at bay). :-)

At February 21, 2006 11:05 a.m., Anonymous mar said...

I haven't had rice krispie squares (or bars) in ages! hardly bake here because I am a coffee lover and I eat goodies with it if they are available...*sigh*

At February 21, 2006 3:53 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

So I made that last night! The youngest wasn't too into it, go figure, but I think everyone else was. Introducing what I ate in Switzerland in France is hard at times because Canadians here seem not to know about this variety of food. Or maybe it was the way I made it?

At February 21, 2006 5:08 p.m., Blogger James said...

Christina, I guess this is food week on expats' blogs. I just blogged about find Mexican food in Duesseldorf. I am so excited to be having burritos and chips & salsa tonight for dinner. Mexican food is my favorite! Those vietnamese wraps look good and I love those Rice Krispies treats, too!

At February 21, 2006 11:45 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Just a few collective comments back atcha:

-the ratatouille is so easy to make and tastes even better the day after. I had some sprinkled with cheese and wrapped in a tortilla today for lunch and it was great.

- I mentioned this to Dixie already, but there was a time that I couldn't readily find Rice Kripies here and when I e-mailed Kellogg's Deutschland and whined a bit, they sent me two complimentary boxes!

-if anyone wants to move in (preferably someone who does windows), let me know a couple of months ahead of time so we can add on another room.


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