I have just learned from a marvelous blogger Derrick Knight at https://derrickjknight.com and the lovely Mrs Knight known as the Culinary Queen that ratatouille with tomatoes and red peppers is called “red ratatouille.” That’s how we have made it in Odessa for the last 200 years, only we called it “sauté.” Here is the proof! Enjoy, Beautiful People.
Visualize two legendary gourmands, the Roman Emperor Caligula and the French King Henri IV, having a heated argument across the span of sixteen centuries. Now imagine a little rat called Remy who loves cooking up a storm and inventing new dishes. Finally, picture a winged Greek goddess Nike (that’s a name, not Michael Jordan’s sneakers!) hovering over all three declaring in a booming voice of a boxing referee, “And the winner is… Remy”
“No way! – screams Caligula, – it’s my favorite dish! Even the Greeks knew how to make it, and we conquered the Greeks, so there!”
Oops, sorry, this is not Caligula; it’s his horse Incitatus, but since he did make Incitatus a member of the Senate, perhaps we’ll get some truth out of the horse’s mouth. No? Oh, well, it won’t be the first case of a senator remaining silent.
Ooops, this is also not the real…
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