I found myself with the typical late-summer glut of veggies: summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. And so my mind wandered to ratatouille! I went looking for a new recipe (as you avid followers know, I've already written about ratatouille), because while it was good, it was also kind of blobby and not very photogenic.
Remembering that a fellow food blogger had recently written about ratatouille, I emailed Erik for his recipe. He sent me a link to the recipe, which turns out to be the one used by the rat (whose name I learned is Remy) in the movie Ratatouille. How funny and kind of bizarre! But the end result is a beautiful rainbow of vegetables over a puree of roast peppers and tomatoes.
I also made an entire roast chicken... for myself... since M is out of town! Hence the 'marathon' part of this dinner. I didn't eat until 9pm, which isn't that unusal, except I started cooking at 6pm. And while it's not pictured here, I want you to know that the chicken came out perfect- I was so proud of myself.
Here's my ratata cookin' up- I didn't have the patience to brown it up and evaporate some of the liquid (since I used slicing tomatoes and not Romas, it was a little watery).
Here I served my roast chicken breast over the piperade and then topped it with the ratatouille and balsamic vinaigrette, as per Erik's recommendation. And it was delicious! As they say, hunger is the best spice. And rather than make this post even longer, I'm just going to post the link to the recipe.