Friday, August 03, 2007

Ratatouille Part 2

Anticipating that it would pique people's curiosity I made some ratatouille & put it on last Sunday's Dine&Jam menu

In the film Ratatouille Remy prepares the humble peasant dish in a special way: whereas traditional ratatouille is a stew, Remy layers and bakes sliced vegetables & finishes it with a sauce. I decided it would be fun to prepare it that way too, and so I did a bit of research. It turns out celebrity chef Thomas Keller had created the recipe especially for the film, and that he called it Confit Biyaldi. His recipe is no secret, and you can find it here.

Being me I couldn't resist tweaking it: I gave the piperade a bit more kick, and opened up the flavor profile a bit with some secret herbs (ok, ok, I used Herbes de Proven├že!) I found the cooking time a bit excessive; in just about half an hour I had the vegetables nice and tender. I put everything in the ref overnight for the flavor to bloom, and caramelized a bit under the broiler at serving time. (ratatouille is traditionally served either at room temp or just warm). I stuck with the name ratatouille to reference the film, and for fun I served it with linguine. No, I didn't serve it with alfredo sauce (would've been terrible with the vinaigrette, I think!)

For this recipe fresh herbs are key, and fresh vegetables. Speed is key, too because eggplant oxidizes fast. When Remy was slicing up the vegetables the slices fell neatly into his baking dish. My vegetables weren't cartoons so they didn't cooperate like that. I showed my sister Sarah how to arrange the slices in the dish, and then we proceeded with me slicing, and she arranging. Had her try slicing but I think she found my chef's knife a little overwhelming hehe. The dish turned out well, I think, and it was generally well received by the Diner-Jammers. Too bad the photo didn't turn out well. Just now I saw a spot on TV about how Cibo is now serving ratatouille...hmp! ;-)

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Isang tulog na lang!

Isang tulog na lang! Sa mga pupunta sa Dine & Jam bukas, heto yung map. 6:30 PM po. Pakitawagan po ako; I need to know if you're coming so I can reserve seats. Thanks! :-)

Dine & Jam


Monday, August 14, 2006

Dine & Jam 7

The 7th installment of Dine & Jam is coming up!

Dine & Jam is a monthly celebration of the gift of music, love of cooking, and the joy of friendship. Each month will feature live music, and new dishes from The Regali Kitchen.

Dine & Jam 7 promises to be yet another fun-filled night featuring the music of Bossa Resound, plus undiscovered talents.

August 19, 2006
#29 Golden St., Gloria 1 Subd., T. Sora, QC
For ticket reservations call 2595421. Tickets are at 175php inclusive of a full pasta meal.

Click here for venue map

Dine&Jam is presented by 1 Tim 4:12 Productions & The Regali Kitchen


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dine & Jam 6


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dine & Jam 5: Independence Day Special

It is possibly one of the simplest pastas I have ever served at Dine&Jam, but Pasta Supremo - a spanish-sardines pasta sauce that I paired with kesong puti toast - still had lips smacking at Dine & Jam 5 hehehe. Mama's take on the traditional chicken pastel - dubbed Gallina Independencia - provided the yummy (and tummy-bursting) option.


Monday, May 29, 2006

Well it's Dine&Jam week again. Someone also booked the place for a private party on Friday so we're seeing two events this weekend. I still haven't decided on the menu. I've got another class with Chef Giorgio again on Thursday. Maybe I'll decide by then hehehe.

Dine & Jam 4