Saturday, July 14 is Bastille Day, the French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. This date marked the start of the French Revolution. Some of the factors which fueled the revolution, were “discontent with the monarchy and the poor economic policies of King Louis XVI” (The French Revolution). The extravagant lifestyle of the king and queen (Marie Antoinette) no doubt also played a role in inciting the the population.
My First Bastille Day in Paris
One of my happy memories is when I was a student in Paris. This was back in my early 20s and I had occasion to be there for the Bastille Day celebration. It was a wonderful day and night of festivities, with many revelers filling the streets with joyful celebration. I’ll never forget how glorious the Champs Elysses looked all lit up on that special night. Was it the magic of Paris? Or the magic of being 20-something celebrating my own independence with friends in the city of lights?
Bring Paris to You by making a classic French Ratatouille
Many of us can’t get to Paris by Bastille day. Instead, we can bring a little Paris into our homes and make French cuisine to celebrate. Ratatouille is a wonderfully easy summer dish. If you are trying to lose some weight, at 40 calories per 1/2 cup serving, Ratatouille can be included as part of a healthy eating plan to help you reach your weight loss goals.
The Many Variations of Ratatouille
Ratatouille goes well with grilled fish, chicken, or beef. It can also be served as an hors d’oeuvre. Just add it to a toasted slice of crusty baguette or toasted whole grain pita. There are many variations of this classic dish, for example, many recipes add red or green bell peppers into the mix. You can also make it more savory or less by adding more garlic and other herbs — what’s your favorite variation?
If you don’t have the olive oil or spices on hand you can purchase them in the shop.