Thursday, August 20, 2009


I had an interesting foodie experience at Trader Joes last weekend. The wife was feeding a sample of gnocchi to Jr. and he was enjoying it so much that I decided to give it a try as well. I grabbed a cup and while I brought a spoonful of the gnocchi to my mouth I noticed that there was some sort of tomato sauce with zucchini on it. Not thinking much of it, I popped the food in my mouth. I noticed that it had a wonderful sweet-earthy taste and I actually thought to myself this sauce was real peasant food. Then I had the image of Anton Ego’s reaction to eating Remy’s Ratatouille dish. After savoring another bite I thought, “hmmmm Ratatouille must really taste similar to this.” I looked over at the sample stand to see what the sauce was and the sign read Ratatouille.

I’ve never had ratatouille in my life… and I had no idea what it looked like or the ingredients in it beyond the Disney film. It’s weird. Ratatouille is a great film but I never realized that it actually had the power to impart what something actually tastes like.

see here for a picture of Trader Joe's Ratatouille.

-Swinebread

7 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

I thought you weren't a big tomato fan...guess I was wrong.

Nice moment of synchronicity!

(Sorry for not responding for a while. It turns out my RSS feeds for all Blogspot blogs got munged somehow)

Jay Amabile said...

now you have me wanting to try Ratatouille!

Arkonbey said...

MagicChef ™!

ladybug said...

My very first taste of Ratatouille was in France...and it was full of Chanterelle mushrooms (I didn't know what kind they were at the time, I learned later). I hated mushrooms then, but tried it because the lady of the house made it. It was SO GOOD! I've never had anything as good since, but have only tried it once or twice in restaurants since...

This gives me the impetus to try it out!

Freida Bee, MD said...

Shooo eee, I thought this was going to go the way of past-life ratatouille references. Perhaps our collective unconscious ratatouille knowledge is stronger than we thunk. I felt a scorpion sting in a dream before I ever got stung for reals. Same goes for speaking Spanish, playing the guitar, and having a penis. Just sayin.'

Dr. Zaius said...

You are clearly a sauce psychic.

Swinebread said...

Sanb – I’m not a tomato fan but when combined with other ingredients and made into sauce I like ‘em

Jay – my understanding is that there are lots of different ways to make it so try again if you don’t like the first time.

Arky – if only Ha!

LB – Wow you had the real stuff!

Freida – I have one really weird moment that seemed like a past life thing so I can’t rule it out. I sure glad u never really had a scorpion sting… well not in this life…

Dr Zaius – hmmmm… a nice bit of alliteration