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What you need:

2 1 lb aubergines (eggplants), cut into cubes
1 ¾ tsp plus ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
2 ½ lbs. peeled tomatoes or 1 28-oz can plus 1 14-oz can petite-diced tomatoes
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
½ tsp ground black pepper
1/3 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh basil
¾ cup loosely packed, chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 ½ lbs. white onions, thinly sliced
3 red or yellow peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 lbs courgette ( zucchini ), cut lengthwise and then into ½-inch slices
1/3 cup dry white wine

What you do:

Place a single layer of paper towels on 2 large plates. Place the cubed eggplant onto the plates and sprinkle with 1 ¾ teaspoon salt. Allow the  aubergine (eggplant) to sit for 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, black pepper, basil, and parsley, uncovered, over medium heat.

In a large frying pan or skillet, sauté the onions and  peppers in a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very lightly browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the browned vegetables to the tomato mixture.

Pat the eggplant dry with a fresh paper towel and add it, along with the zucchini to the tomato mixture. Cover the pot and cook the stew over low-medium heat for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the white wine and ¾ tsp salt and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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What you need:

2 cups long grain rice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 litre of hot water

2 bay leaves

salt & pepper to taste

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp paprika powder

1/2 tsp turmeric  powder

1 pinch of saffron

2 onions diced

1 leek sliced

1 small aubergine cut into cubes

1 courgette (zucchini) cut into semi circles

1 of each red & yellow  peppers diced

5 to 6 button mushroom quartered

What you do:

Wash and soak the rice in some hot water, while you prepare the vegetables. Chop into fairly large chunks and boil the water.

Pre heat a large sauce pan or wok on medium temperature.

Drain the rice, add the oil to the pan and all the ingredients and sauté for a few minutes, you will see a shine on the rice. Pour the hot water and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Mix and check to see if the rice is done, add more water if necessary and cook until all the water has evaporated.

serve with some lemon wedges.

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