Tonight's offering features the much-maligned courgette (maligned in our house, anyway). It was starring in a ratatouille-pancake combo, which is a little favourite of mine. The Scientist like pancakes - in fact 'like' is not nearly strong enough - but he likes them sweet. A savoury pancake is an aberration in Science world. In my world, however, it's like a little edible blanket encasing a thick, tomatoey, dollopy mix of some of my favourite vegetables.
Ratatouille is such a ubiquitous dish it hardly needs a recipe. I made mine by dumping some chopped garlic, courgette, pepper, tinned tomato and stock powder in a pan and heating for 10 mins. Then I added chopped aubergine and simmered for another 15 mins or so. Right at the end I added some cornflour mixed with water, which thickens it up nicely, and seasoned it. I would have added some leftover mushrooms, but I had eaten them on a baked sweet potato with avocado at lunchtime. Mmmmmmn. Meanwhile I had made some pancake batter with added wheatgerm for healthiness, and cooked them up right at the end. I have a new pan which is designated veggie only, and this is the first time I've used it for pancakes. I got better at estimating the temperature, and only one pancake ended up looking like a doily. Here are the pancakes, served with grated cheese and some yogurt. I love the way that there's a piece of courgette peeking out of the edge of the nearer pancake - checking what it's like outside its blanket?
Eco Sis: I cannot believe you have maligned the magnificent Jerusalem artichoke in the comments to my last post. Have you tried them roasted? Or in soup? I only ever seem to buy them about once a year, so perhaps that's why I think they're so great!