How to make it

  • FOR THE CHICKEN: Cut both the birds in half and clean and trim them well of any flabby excess skin. Cut the lemon and rub all four of the halves with it, follow that with a light coat of the oil.
  • Besprinkle them with the paprika and season with the salt and pepper.
  • Start them off in a very hot oven to set a crust, then lower the heat to 325 and bake until finished.
  • FOR THE RATAOUILLE: Cut the aubergine into manageable slices about ¾ of an inch thick. Peel the tomatoes and then roughly chop them. Cut the peppers into thick strips about 2 inches long and roughly chop the scallions. Leave the olives entire.
  • Cut the garlic into thin slices. Note that this is traditionally a 'garlicious' dish use as much as you can stand and then a wee bit more.
  • Heat a large fairly shallow roundel type pan until it is screaming hot. Fling in the aubergine slices and the peppers and then slowly start to add some olive oil until a good sauté starts. Cook it until the peppers start to caramelise along their edges. Put in the olives and cook a minute longer.
  • Add half the amount of garlic you are using and just before it burns add the tomatoes and the wine. Cook it further until all of the liquid is absorbed and then pour in the wine, stock and the tomato sauce. Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Add the remaining garlic after 10 minutes.
  • Season with the salt and pepper. Add the scallions and herbs and cook five minutes more.
  • TO SERVE: Make a spread of the vermicelli over four plates and then some of the ratatouille over the top in the middle and even it out but leave a little border of the noodles bare for appearance. Set a chicken half on the very top and decorate it in some noble fashion.

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  • 22566 10 years ago
    The only falcon that pleases me is a F-16 Fighting Falcon


    Will need to say 'na' to the bird of pry.

    Nice Recipe

    Kind Regards
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    pieplate ate it and said...
    If you are a 'beginner', who rates as advanced?!

    This reads as a very pleasant and well-thought-out dish. I too would avoid the falcon: fowl that eat meat (or fish) tend to taste of their food, and I hear that they should be eaten only if starvation is the alternative.
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    " It was excellent "
    librarygirl ate it and said...
    I'm off in search of 'obcenely large' aubergines! Another gem of a recipe.
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  • lasaf 11 years ago
    Besprinkle is now my favorite new word. The recipe will be good too. L.
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  • merlin 12 years ago
    Gotta love this if only for the name.
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    shai ate it and said...
    the writing is definitely aces. I hope your profession or avocation fulfills your scholarly and verbose style and bent! FI!
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    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    For a 'beginner' cook you do pretty darn good. This sounds just too good, You write your recipes like an elfinsprite, 5 again!
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    " It was excellent "
    jenniferbyrdez ate it and said...
    Please don't eat falcon's people. They are beautiful and endangered. Great recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    morninlite ate it and said...
    This sounds wonderful. I will forego the falcon and use chicken though!
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