This is a classic vegetable dish from the Provence region of France. It’s a lot easier to make than it is to say! The first half of its name is believed to be slang for chunky stew, while the second half is from the french ‘touillir’ – to stir. So there you go! You can stew it or sauté it or pop it in the oven and you can use a variety of seasonal veg either from your garden or your local market. Its a very versatile dish and I keep changing it depending on what’s available.
The basics are always onions, aubergine, courgettes and tomatoes, and the flavouring is always marvelously Mediterranean with fresh basil and thyme and olives too if you fancy. You can serve it stuffed into round courgettes or massive marrows or just plain and simple accompanied with fluffy couscous or rice.
4 table spoons olive oil; 1 large onion, peeled & sliced; 1 aubergine, chopped; 1 courgette, sliced into rounds or half moons; 2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges; 400ml jar of good quality tomato sauce; fresh basil, thyme and parsley. Optional extras include black or green olives; fresh fennel; red or green pepper; broccoli; peas; artichoke hearts; red or green cabbage; carrots and even chilli if you want to add a lot of kick.
Heat the olive oil then toss in the onion and aubergine. The aubergine will soak up most of the oil so stir thoroughly to coat well. Season with salt and pepper. After 5 minutes add the courgettes, tomatoes, tomato sauce and fresh herbs. Simmer very slowly and gently for 30 minutes. Add a little water if necessary. Before simmering, add any of the above optional extras that have taken your fancy. Blanch & drain broccoli or carrots or frozen peas before adding, drain artichoke hearts, chop peppers and slice fennel or cabbage. It’s that easy!
Serve with some chevre chaud sliced on top with a side dish of couscous, rice, or potatoes…
What a fabulous year 2013 has been for Under The Lime Tree! Thank you all for your continued support! Its been the best year EVER! The best for B&Bs; the best for Pamper Days & Nights; the best for Massages and the best for Catering! It’s such a privilege to say that the business gets better each year. Thanks again!
It was a long season and it all starts again TOMORROW with our first B&B guests arriving from Holland on the 2nd, and with the first Pamper Night couple of the year on Friday January 3rd! We’re all rested and ready to go! Bookings are coming in for May and June too, which is a relief to know!
We ran a number of new courses and workshops for the first time last year ~ Summer Painting; Yoga Classes as well as a Retreat; Mindful Meditation days; Mandala Painting and Qi Gong to name a few, as well as Sean’s own Knife Making workshops. All were a great success! This year we’ll continue to concentrate on hosting events that appeal to our international and local clients and which are run by our local experts. We’ll soon be setting dates again for Painting and Yoga. Felt Making and Basket Weaving are harder to confirm at this early stage, but we’re hopeful that the course leaders can find time to fit us in! Digital Photography and Knife Making will always be year-round events run by Sean ~ except that these won’t start again until March, when he’s back from a 7 week adventure in Mozambique!
His building business also continues to grow but his passion is fed and his sanity is kept by pursuing and developing skills and expertise in areas closer to his heart (and which don’t take such a toll on his body! He’s a lucky man to have me as his personal massage therapist!). He’s been commissioned to make knives as special gifts and his 2-day knife making course is getting rave reviews. Sean’s talent for photography is becoming much more about photo journalism and capturing the story behind the image ~ we’ll see what his experience in Mozambique brings…!
We managed a wonderful weekend break in Barcelona at the end of an epically busy time and what a great city to soak up all the sights and sounds of urban life! We met up with the Spanish guests who were resident here for 2 weeks in the summer and had an inspirational time exploring Gaudi’s extraordinary buildings.
Of course, that’s our perk in this business ~ meeting great people, sharing stories, exchanging ideas, caring for others, making friends and being passionate about what we do without even leaving the house! We’re lucky and we know it! So, many thanks once again for your support.
Live & Love well this year. Be grateful for the small things, try not to sweat over the big things and have a Fantastic, Fabulous, Fun-filled and Fearless 2014 Folks!
This is me and my stand at the Christmas market at Anais! One of a number of markets I’m at through out the year. I take along my mobile ergonomic massage chair and offer a 12 minute head, neck, shoulder & back massage working with acupressure points and using known indian head massage techniques. It’s great fun, and for those who have never experienced one, it’s a great way to introduce people to the idea of having a massage. Some of my ‘regulars’ turn up too and take advantage of a quick rub down whilst browsing for christmas presents ~ what’s not to like! 6 hours and 19 heads later, I’m ready for my own rub down and some tlc!
Also on my stand are beautiful handmade bags from Salsacs French Vintage Textiles and fantastic banana yarn scarves, yoga socks and fingerless mittens from Shakti Creations – designs exclusive to Under The Lime Tree.
Look after yourself for Life, not just for Christmas! You’ll get 10% off all Holistic Spa Treatments & Packages ~ Pamper Days, Pamper Nights, full body Hot Stone massage, Shiatsu or seated Indian Head massage at this great event on Thursday 21st November at Aunac, alongside Namaskar Accessories, Neals Yard Organics and much more! 9 route de la Garenne, Aunac 16460.
Come and try a seated Indian Head massage! Even only 10 minutes of this enjoyable and stress relieving therapy can promote health and reduce sickness levels. No oils or lotions are used, so slide into my specially designed chair and just chill…!
This massage is very versatile and effective. Seated Indian Head massage combines techniques taken from a variety of ancient massage techniques. The result is a unique massage experience that can be both invigorating and energising, and thoroughly relaxing both mentally and physically. I will use my hands, palms and fingers to apply pressure to the acupressure points on your head, neck, shoulders, upper arms and spine. A usual session is 30 minutes.
Any of my holistic spa treatments and packages are a great Christmas present to yourself, or to your friends and family! And they can be taken at any time!
See my web site for all holistic Spa Treatments at Under The Lime Tree ~ The Cool Place to B & Be!™