This is the first dish I cook in 2013.
Don’t laugh at me if I tell you that it was the lead character (yes, which would be the rat) in the animated feature film that has inspired me to go for my dreams.
In the film, this dish marks the success of the rat who embarks on an extraordinary journey to become one of the top chefs in Paris.
I am a rat in the Chinese zodiac and I love to cook so it all connects up. But what’s most important is the message that I’ve got from the film.
No matter who you are, as long as you dare to dream and work hard for it, you are probably going to make it.
The rat’s recipe is definitely much better than mine but I could not get hold of it.
1 aubergine or egg plant
1 green or yellow zucchini
1 yellow or red sweet pepper
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
1 canned Italian tomato
Few cloves of peeled whole garlic
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut aubergine, zucchini and pepper into big thick pieces and season with olive oil, salt, black pepper and vinegar. Bake for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, fry garlic in olive oil till it starts to brown and add tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Add chopped basil and simmer over medium heat for an hour.
Serve vegetables with the sauce.