Tomatoes are plentiful at the moment and a lovely, fresh, ripe tomato give great colour and flavour to any family Christmas. This recipe for  Summer Ratatouille is part of our Family Christmas menu – you can see the details below. If one of the other recipes takes your fancy, just click on the link!

Maramalade and whiskey glazed ham

Retro raspberry and beetroot jelly

Summer asian slaw

Summer ratatouille

Classic pavlova with strawberries and passionfruit

Summer Ratatouille

2 large red peppers

2 yellow or green peppers

2 courgettes diced

1 aubergine diced

2 punnets cherry tomatoes halved

1 red onion finely chopped

Basil leaves torn

Olive oil for cooking

Dressing – garlic vinaigrette

6 garlic bulbs

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 Tbsp sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


Place the garlic bulbs with skin on, diced aubergine and diced courgette in a frypan with a dash of oil and sautee on low until soft – this will take about 20 minutes.

Place the peppers under a hot grill and grill until the skin has blackened and separated from the flesh of the peppers. (This is an optional step – having them with the skin on is totally fine too). When cool peel off the outer skin, disgard stalks and seeds and roughly chop .

In a bowl add the cooked aubergine and courgette, finely diced onion, halved cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped peppers and torn basil leaves and combine. Add a few grinds of salt and pepper to taste.


In a food processor squeeze the soft garlic out of its skin, add the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and salt/pepper.

Blitz until smooth. Taste – and add more sugar if you like a sweeter dressing or more lemon juice if you like it tarty and sour.

Arrange the summer Summer Ratatouille on a large platter/bowl and pour the dressing over and garnish with more torn basil leaves and extra cracked pepper.

You can also find the other recipes in this menu by clicking the links below.

Marmalade and whiskey glazed ham

Retro raspberry and beetroot jelly

Summer asian slaw

Classic pavlova with strawberries and passionfruit

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Vanessa and Ingrid share food and photography as their passions. They started www.foodopera.com in 2009, when they both started having kids. Their blog is a journey through the ups and downs of motherhood with ideas and recipes that have helped make their busy lives a little easier and more enjoyable.It also has lots of fun features such as cook offs between the two sisters.

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