Ratatouille, I was super inspired to make the dish!
While the ratatouille had me feeling pretty good about myself for eating several different veggies (and fruit), it was a bit nerve-racking to prepare for the very first time.
Because I had no real recipe.
I researched online, but discovered that there was no one way to prepare ratatouille. There was traditional ratatouille, stove top ratatouille, ratatouille that baked for 2.5 hours, ratatouille that baked for 30 minutes, ratatouille with sauce, ratatouille with garlic, olive oil & fresh herbs...
I threw my hands up and as silly as it sounds, used the animated imagery from the movie as a reference, and a bit of my imagination!
(I spared you the other 30 something photos!) It had zing! It had flavor. It had heat, and it was truly a fun dish to make!
I confess that while I happily stuffed my face, I nervously picked around the slices of eggplant on my plate. I'd never eaten eggplant before. Once I finally got up my nerves to taste it, I was surprised that it was more texture than flavor. I kept hearing how bitter eggplant was, but it didn't taste bitter. It didn't really taste like anything. It was just this spongy texture.
Ever "free-style" a dish that you saw in a movie, or on television? How'd it turn out?