Spicy Aubergine Fries!

Hello you delightful things.

AUBERGIENE

After enticing y’all with my Tian Provençal last week, I’m back again with another glorious Rachel Khoo recipe, from her book, ‘My Little French Kitchen’. For this charming dish, you will need some gorgeous aubergines (obvo), garlic, tomato paste/purée, oodles of olive oil, pepper & salt. I also prepared a complimentary cous-cous dish, but that’s so easy peasy that you’ll only need some a spritz of lemon & oil – when you’re done doing your thang.

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Take your juicy eggplants and slice into 2cm slices (see below). Rachel Khoo recommends using 2 aubergines for this dish, but that’s absolutely nuttin (I’m convinced that her dinner guests are mice). I used 3 but could have quite easily used 4 or 5. You’ll want to leave most of the spongey core, but fear not, I’ve saved dem bits for yet another round of ratatouille from my kitchen. (YES, I do like a good ratatouille).

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After this, you’ll want to prepare your marinade. This is the part where the y’all get an excuse to dig out your pestle & mortar. Pound two cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt into a paste, and then add 2 tbsps of tomato purée with a lil’ pepper and 2 tbsps of oil. I also added a dash of tabasco sauce to my marinade for that extra kick. You’ll want to layer a couple of baking trays with baking parchment or greaseproof paper & lightly brush your eggplant fries with the freshly made marinade. It’s as easy as that!

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Bake in the oven @ 180 degrees for 30 minutes and you’re done. In the penultimate 5 minutes of baking, I also made a very sneaky cous-cous dish. Simply pour your cous-cous into a bowl with boiling water, leave for 5 minutes & lightly fluff with a fork and a little oil once all the water has absorbed. I also added some gorgeous sweet peppers to my mix. Et voilà!

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How do you like them aubergines?!

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TIAN PROVENÇAL

Salut! I made a tian!

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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