Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ratatouille Omelette Redux


 Although the weather has finally turned chilly (for a day or two), this weekend the farmer's market was surprisingly still full of gorgeous tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, etc.

So I thought I'd go with one last hurrah for summer produce and share this old post. It didn't get too much attention the first time around, so maybe more people will get to see it today.


Ratatouille Omelette and a Trip Down Memory Lane

Many years ago (too many to count!), one of my first jobs was as a waitress in a French restaurant. The owner was the most superb chef. He was Spanish, but his wife was French, and his cooking was definitely French and out of this world delicious!!!

I don't want to tell you how many times we would go in the fridge and steal spoonfuls of his incredible chocolate chip mousse.

Then there were the late nights when he would feed all of us after the restaurant closed at midnight. It was a heady experience for a high school student to be sitting around the communal table enjoying what Jose whipped up for us. One big family with Brigitte at the head of the table.

One of my favorites was a ratatouille omelette. Never before and never since have I had one made quite so well.

But last night when I was walking home from work (and starving because I'd had only a few mouthfuls of lunch), I decided to do my own version with some leftover summer veggies.

I didn't have any eggplant (and didn't think to buy any).

Mine wasn't Jose's but it was pretty darn tasty.

I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Wonderful summer vegetables. I love the colors!!!

Added some oregano, basil, and garlic.

And then tonight, when I got home after a late church meeting, I had the leftover ratatouille on some leftover Italian bread with garlic and cheese.

Sorry the picture isn't more clear. I was hungry!

But now I want some of that heavenly chocolate mousse!


  1. Mary Cate, the word Ratatouille always makes me think of the Disney movie. One of my husband's favorite movies. However, we have never tasted ratatouille.

    I love the memories you shared. What a great experience for a young woman. I bet you were exposed to some amazing food, like those you mentioned. Much better than working at a Taco Bell or McDonalds. No wonder you always share such creative dishes. Now if only I could get hubby to eat bell peppers.

  2. I've grown to love diced zucchini in almost everything. I love the colors in your no-eggplant ratatouille!

    This mixture would be great on top of just about anything, wouldn't it? For some reason, polenta came to mind. Or pasta. Think of the lasagna you could make, subbing your ratatouille for the filling!

  3. Mary Cate, this looks so good!! I love omelets, especially with lots of vegetables. It's one way I force myself to eat plenty of vegetables. :)

  4. Oh yum -- the colours are so appealing, aren't they? I love omelettes. And I love that the seasonal weather has come back -- at least at night. We're still warmer than normal in the daytime but not crazy hot. Great gardening weather.

  5. I'm all over the chocolate mousse!!!! I have none. Not a smidge. So I think I'll have to nibble something else. I'll pretend I burned off enough calories today to make it less bad!!!!