Author Notes: Spending a few days at a beach town by myself, cooking for one, has been liberating. I walk to the fresh produce stand, pick a few veggies grown locally, and go back to create stove top meals, since the oven does not work. Yesterday I made a delicious fish stew that was ready in 15 minutes. Today I made this dish - a concoction of traditional ratatouille vegetables with a surprise of fresh corn and minimal seasonings. And I have leftovers for a great egg scramble breakfast or lunch tomorrow. Yay! - Bevi
- 1 red bell pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 small eggplant, skin on, diced
- 1 small yellow squash or zucchini, quartered lengthwise and then roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon thyme
- 1 ear sweet corn, cut off the cob
- juice of one half lemon
- 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled roughly
- salt and pepper to taste
- Using tongs, char the red pepper directly over the stove top flame. I set my pepper right on the burner; and turned as the pepper nicely charred. Remove from the stove top flame and place in a paper bag to cool while you prepare the vegetables.
- Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until they start to sweat. Add the eggplant and continue to saute - you want all the vegetables to be lightly and beautifully browned. Then add the squash. Continue to brown, and then add the thyme. After a little more browning, add the salt and pepper to taste. (Remember that the feta will add more saltiness.)
- While the vegetables are sauteing, remove the charred skin from the red pepper, but allow a little of the char to remain on the pepper. Dice, and add to the vegetable mixture. Add the lemon juice. Stir everything together.
- Add the sweet corn, and immediately follow with the feta cheese. Stir the mixture very briefly to allow the cheese to melt slightly.
- Serve heated or at room temperature - it's nice both ways. Serve with a nice bread and glass of white wine. This is a very satisfying meal for one person, and delicious for two with another small side dish.