Saturday, 26 July 2008

Prize tomato, and chichoumeille

This is our biggest tomato so far this year - it weighed 400 gms.

I used it when I made chichoumeille - the Languedocian version of the better-known Provençal ratatouille. All around the Mediterranean there are dishes which use the common Mediterranean vegetables - aubergines, courgettes, peppers, onions, garlic - cooked in olive oil. This is the local one here, based on André Soulier's recipe in La Cuisine secrète du Languedoc-Roussillon:


1 aubergine
1 green pepper
1 large or 2 smaller courgettes
1 'prize' tomato or 2 or 3 smaller ones
2 onions
3 large cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil
herbs - rosemary, thyme and bay

Dice the aubergine, courgette and pepper and chop the onion fairly finely. In a large cast iron pan heat some olive oil - a good covering of the base of the pan as this dish takes quite a lot of olive oil. Sauté the aubergine until it begins to brown, then remove and do the same with the courgette and pepper. You may need to add some more oil. Sauté the onion until it softens then put the other vegetables back in the pan, add the chopped tomato, garlic, salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated.

Serve hot or leave to cool. If there's some left over it will taste even better the next day.


Kate said...

I am sitting by the fire with my laptop and reading about tomatoes in France and Greece and seeing photos of eggplants and zucchini etc and it is so lovely!

easygardener said...

A recipe using courgettes - just what I need at the moment :-)

CityGarden said...

wow really big tomato!
you must be proud