Today I made ratatouille. Not just any ratatouille, but Pixar’s ratatouille from Ratatouille!
copied referenced the recipe that Lindsey posted, referencing Pixar’s movie, but ended up with a relatively different dish with zucchini, squash, mushroom, and potato. The combo’s aesthetic was less than pleasing, so I chopped up the baby tomatoes I had been avoiding due to slight wilting, and tossed them on top. They turned out to be a lovely garnish and extra flavor!
Until Lindsey’s post, I had no idea what ratatouille is. In my head, it was a vegetable lasagna, and after making it, I want to lasagna-y it with some (vegan) cheese. It’s such a versatile dish, and I’m eager to experiment!
A couple of hours after the hearty meal (it’s much more filling than you’d expect!), my sweet tooth was whining, and I decided to bake. Since I haven’t had easy kitchen and oven access at the trailer, I haven’t been baking much. For the month of November, I’m going to be staying with my parents in Washington, and what better time to experiment than now?
I looked up vegan chocolate chip cookies recipes and found one with gorgeous pictures. The ingredients were a lot fancier than what I had at home, but I managed. Could someone tell me what vanilla extract does, because yes, I briefly studied to be a baker, but I still don’t know its purpose… and my parents weren’t willing to drive into town for half a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Sorry, vanilla extract. We’re still friends, I promise.
As the recipe warned, the cookies spread out a lot and were very fragile. My mom wanted one the moment they came out of the oven, so with a lot of discretion I served her flakey cookie mush. As messy as my dessert golems were, the flavor possessed me until I fell into a chocolate overdose haze… a common feeling for me when left alone with my sugary concoctions. My biggest mistake, above forsaking the vanilla extract, adding maybe a pinch too much salt, and molding too big of cookie dough balls, was chopping up half a bar of 100% cacao for chocolate chips…
Have you tried pure chocolate before? Giovanni told me that mole, a Spanish dish, calls for this pure form of chocolate. That’s how different 100% cacao chocolate is from the chocolate bars we know, love, and bake cookies with – it’s not sweet. It’s on another plane, a bitter plane, of flavor.
Anyway, running into a nugget of 100% cacao chocolate was unpleasant. Maybe when I’m older, my tastebuds will mature to the taste. For now, semi-sweet is my favorite!
I’m no cookie master like my IG friend @thethoughtfulkitchen (a cookie god), but with time and practice I’ll get better!
Now, after a day of house-chores and cooking, I’m going to continue working on my NaNo novel and November Goals post with Gibson in his usual spot.
Daily Prompt: Copycat