Les petits légumes farcis!

Salut again!

It’s got to that point in the week where it’s definitely time for another one of Rachel Khoo’s ‘My Little French Kitchen’  recipes. I’ve already attempted her artisan Tian Provençal & sassy Spicy Aubergine Fries, but I’ve absolutely saved the best ’til last. You’re all in for a bloody good treat!

FRENCH KITCHEN

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius & grab some lovely fresh veggies to get cracking with. I opted for peppers, beef tomatoes and courgettes. You’ll also want red onion, black olives, capers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, raisins (optional), herbs (of your choice) and the all important red rice. [full recipe down below!]

Begin by cooking your vibrant red rice according to packet instructions. Whilst your rice is cooking, flesh out your veggies so that you’re left with some wonderful hollow shapes & place on a lined baking tray (see above!). Meanwhile, fry one large red onion and mushrooms before adding your cooked + drained rice. Complete your gorgeous filling by adding black olives, chopped capers, chopped cherry tomatoes and some juicy chopped raisins! The raisins are optional, but I think that they add a lovely fruity twist.

FRENCH KITCHEN

Load up the veggies with the glorious rice mix & you’re just about ready to pop these fabulous creations in the oven to bake for 30 minutes until the veggies are soft. Make sure to have a cheeky sample and season to your taste. I sprinkled some kosher salt, peppercorns & thyme over mine before serving. I also whipped up some chunky sweet potato wedges to serve on the side. Enjoy!

~ Before & After ~

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

RECIPE (serves 3-4 as a main):

150g red rice (be generous with this!) / 3 beef tomatoes / 5 peppers / 2 large courgettes / 1 red onion / 5 chestnut mushrooms / 10 cherry tomatoes / handful of black olives / 40g raisins (soaked in warm water for 5 mins) / herbs

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TIAN PROVENÇAL

Salut! I made a tian!

TIAN

After making my Moroccan Ratatouille (funnily, exactly one month ago today), I was desperate to give the ‘traditional ratatouille’ dish another go. This time, I fancied attempting a glorious tian, which is essentially the same as ratatouille (courgettes, aubergine, tomato), except far more sassy in appearance &  baked like a gratin. For this dish you will need: tomatoes, courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), onions (preferably red), garlic, thyme, olive oil, a working oven (of your choice) & a little bit of patience. Scroll down for the exact recipe!

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TIAN

Begin by frying your finely chopped onions & crushed garlic in a little oil. Sprinkle with thyme and simmer for about 10 minutes until the onions begin to soften. These will form the base for your dish (as y’all can see). Whilst those are simmering away, begin the gargantuan (it’s not that bad) task of chopping your beautiful veggies. You’ll want to finely slice the courgettes and aubergines to about 2mm thick, and the tomatoes a little thicker to about 3mm. Once these are all prepped and ready to go, use a handful of the courgettes to create a thin layer over your onions. Now you’re ready to begin the arranging!

TIAN

I’ll admit, the artistic layering of veggies did take quite a while, but just LOOK at the finished article. It’s definitely worth persevering. I also made some absolutely divine sweet potato fries, although this would also go perfectly with a good old fashioned baked potato. This dish took 40 mins in the oven & don’t forget to drizzle in a little oil before cooking.

TIAN

I got the recipe from Rachel Khoo’s ‘My Little French Kitchen’. Have any of yous got this? It’s a glorious read, with quite a few vegetarian and vegan recipe options. Lemme know if you approve!

TIAN

Recipe:

(serves 4-6 apparently, but I found this was more realistic between 3 or 4 people. Unless your dinner guests are mice, in which case it might just stretch to 6 portions)

4 red onions [I used 3 onions & only one of them was red #rebel] / 4 cloves of garlic / thyme / 1 aubergine (I used 1.5) / 1 courgette (I used 2) / 5/6 firm plum tomatoes (the firmer the better, especially for fiddly slices!) / a pinch of salt & a good drizzle of oil

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