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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Brainy Stew or Poor Man's Goulash...

Ahh, stew ~ it can be whatever you want it to be...even poor man's goulash!

Goulash is not just Hungarian though originating from medieval Hungary. Goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe, a 'poor/peasant man's stew'. And, why is that? Because, its hearty and frugal.

Stew, goulash or the French version, Ratatouille, is in most cultures - meat and veggies stewed in a gravy or heavy sauce. Some like it more liquid or fluid or juicy and others may like it more thick as in full of rich gravy.

Now Ratatouille, what's that? Well, its a French stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. The word ratatouille comes out of the verb touiller, meaning "to stir up". From the late 18th century, in French, it merely indicated a rough or coarse stew as in chunky and stirred up.

The modern ratatouille has these basic ingredients: tomatoes sautéed garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, marjoram, fennel and basil, or bay leaf and thyme, or a mix of green herbs.

Serve over pasta, rice and or potatoes!

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