The Perfect Ratatouille
Some of the best things in life are simple pleasures that come from fresh ingredients, cooked lovingly to nourish the ones you care about. Ratatouille is a staple in my home, I vary the ingredients ever so slightly based on what’s in season and what tastes good from my greengrocer. A must is always tomato — lots and lots of it as well as zucchini that mingles perfectly when slowly simmering.
What’s great about it:
Technically a fruit, tomatoes are loved around the world for their versatility, rich red colour and flavour. Tomatoes are a wonderful source of vitamin B6, C, K, beta-carotene, potassium and manganese. The lycopene (phytonutrient) in tomatoes has been linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Zucchini are a good source of B-group vitamins, which are essential for energy metabolism. The vitamin C, beta-carotene and phytonutrients, give zucchini’s their antioxidant properties. Capsicums are available in a range of vibrant colours, which all contain the natural painkiller capsaicin, clinically proven to be useful against arthritic pain.