Today is International Women's Day, a time to look back on the many accomplishments of women as well as learn about the impressive roles women hold in societies and cultures across the world. It's also a great chance for seniors to celebrate their different heritages.
One great way to honor women and cultures from around the globe is to hold a potluck. Through these events, you can literally get a taste of another culture, and sharing meals is a perfect time for women to connect and swap stories. If you are holding a potluck, cook up something delicious that is characteristic of your home country or that of your family. Whether Italian, Chinese, Dutch or Israeli, there are recipes that are a perfect showcase of a culture. Here's one ratatouille recipe that could work for those hailing from France, adapted from PBS Food.
Traditional Provençal Ratatouille
1/3 cup olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggplants, peeled in strips and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
4 to 5 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 yellow or red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
In a Dutch oven or other heavy, five-quart pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onions. Cook the onions until they are soft, or about five minutes. Add the garlic and cook until it's fragrant, about one minute. Stir in the eggplant and zucchini, and season with salt and pepper.
Add 3/4 cup of water, cover the pot and simmer until vegetables are beginning to soften, about five minutes. Stir in the bell peppers and let the mixture simmer, covered, for another five minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and thyme, then bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot and let it simmer, stirring often, until all the vegetables are tender. After about 15 to 20 minutes of this, remove from heat and serve. The fresh basil should be mixed in before serving.