Happy Holidays! A Big Blogging Break, Roasted Ratatouille on Olive Focaccia and Giving Back.

Roasted Ratatouille on Olive Focaccia

Wishing all of you the Happiest Holidays! I’m having hip surgery this Friday to repair injuries I sustained earlier this year. So, I’ll be taking a 2-3 month break from blogging while I recover. I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite recipes. A recipe I can’t believe I had forgotten about until now (I was making this like crazy two years ago, but somehow it slipped off my radar).


When my brother Abe and I were in college, we went on an Art Trip that was nothing short of magical with the Dixie State College Art Department. Outside the LA Art Museum was a food cart selling delicious wares.

photo 1 (1)Mixing the ingredients

We both ordered the most lovely focaccia sandwich. It had eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini on it, I didn’t know at the time that this magic combination was called “ratatouille”. To this day, this is still one of my favorite sandwiches. If you prefer, you can serve the roasted ratatouille over pasta or brown rice, but what fun would that be?


Roasted Ratatouille

  • 2 large sized globe eggplants, skin on, diced into 3/4 inch dice
  • 3 medium sized zucchini, skin on, diced into 3/4 inch dice
  • 1 very large purple onion, diced into 3/4 inch dice
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced very thinly
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • few dashes of red pepper flakes
  • one 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, juices drained (reserve juices for another use, you can freeze them and toss it into soup, pasta, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil

Method: Preheat your oven to 425°. Toss all of the above ingredients EXCEPT the fresh basil together in a large bowl until all the ingredients are delicious. Pour everything onto your biggest baking sheet, it doesn’t matter if it’s layers deep, just even it out with your hands so that everything is evenly distributed. Place the baking sheet in the oven and let roast for 45-60 minutes (I like 60 minutes) stirring once or twice during roasting for maximum yumminess. Once nicely roasted, let cool for 10-15 minutes before sprinkling with the fresh basil. Ratatouille can be served hot or cold, and it’s even better the next day, especially when served on olive focaccia.

To make the Olive Focaccia, simply make this recipe and sub lots of your favorite olives for the grapes in this recipe.


And now for giving back, most of you probably do a little “Secret Santa” or give to one of your favorite charities this time of year. If you haven’t all ready done something like that (or you’d like to do more) please visit my favorite charity, an organization called Not So Fast created by my beautiful friend, Shira McDermott. Her concept behind the organization is direct and easy. Consume Less. Give More. People who want to donate can skip that cup of fancy coffee or that lunch out and donate those funds instead to impoverished families in need of food. Bigger “fasts” can include going without alcohol or meat for a month, or perhaps a “fast” from your automobile for a month and relying on public transport instead. Just $2 can feed a family dinner. $10 gives a family vouchers at a farmer’s market. $30 provides ingredients for a community cooking class for children to teach them how to prepare healthy and inexpensive meals.


To learn more about Not So Fast, please click here, also, read about my fast here.

not so fast

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Filed under Bread, Friendship, Main Dishes, Sandwiches, Vegan

29 responses to “Happy Holidays! A Big Blogging Break, Roasted Ratatouille on Olive Focaccia and Giving Back.

  1. I love ratatouille!! Thank you for your recipe ☺️ Lots of luck with your op and seasons greetings 🎄 x

  2. acookinthemaking

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

  3. Jueseppi B.

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  4. Thanks for sharing about Not So Fast!

  5. good luck with the surgery. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Feel better soon. So happy to see that you’re taking time out for some extreme self-care. Merry Christmas and thanks for all your blogging inspiration, Nicole :) xx

  7. Hope you find that “right person” Somer and that your surgery and recovery are quick and effortless :).

  8. I hope the surgery goes very well and that your recovery is smooth. I will be sending you healing thoughts!

  9. I love picky dishes like this at this time of year :) wish you a beautiful festive period x

  10. Aw thank you Somer for the NSF love — sending you big squishy hugs & strength for a fast healing process! Can’t wait to see you back in running action soon <3 Merry Christmas babe! xox

  11. All the best Somer! Wishing you a speedy recovery because I don’t know what I’ll do without your wonderful posts for the next few months! Happy holidays and lots of love :) xox

  12. Get well soon, you will be missed!
    Merry Christmas xx

  13. This recipe looks fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try (who doesn’t love ratatouille?!):) All the best with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery. Happy holidays and looking forward to your return to blogging – Niki x

  14. Here’s too a quick and seamless recovery for you Somer- sending lots of positive and healing thoughts your way! xxoo

    And who doesn’t love focaccia- load me up please!

  15. I hope your surgery goes well. I am so glad you are taking time off to focus on you. Sending love.

  16. I hope you recover soon and have a safe surgery!

  17. Wishing you a speedy recovery Somer! Happy New Year! xoxo

  18. I hope you have a speedy recovery Somer! Happy New Year! xoxo

  19. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a happy healthy new year ahead! You will be missed! :)

  20. I love Shira’s work, and I love your perspective on giving more (and consuming less). I wish you a speedy healing process, Somer.

  21. Oh, YUM! I adore olive focaccia! This recipe looks delicious, Somer! Best wishes for a relaxing blogging break and speedy recovery!

  22. I hope you’re healing well! This recipe looks delicious!

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award.


  23. Great post Somer. Loving the recipes and the initiative for giving back!! Thanks for telling us about it. Our thoughts are definitely with you, I echo everyone else’s sentiment: heal well and fast!! xx

  24. I hope your surgery went well, and wishing you a quick and easy recovery!

  25. I wondered what had happened to you! Missing your blog I had to find out. Sorry about your surgery. Being a former PTA and current sports therapist, I know what you are going through with Graston and PT, Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  26. Ohmigosh! I missed this completely in my own crazy, sexy, DIRTY life. Hugs and happiness from Texas, as well as warm wishes for a complete recovery, Somer. I’m sure your readership will all be here and ready for plant-y goodness whenever you’re ready to return.

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