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Week of January 25 to 31, 2015

Ratatouille When fall vegetables are ripened and tasteful, it’s time to prepare a

ARIES You demonstrate strong interper- sonal skills and a facility with the art of persuasion. You organize an event with family or friends that is a great success. TAURUS There is a fair amount of action in store for you this week, not to men- tion some pretty dramatic twists. One of your greatest dreams seems to come within reach. GEMINI You could be a little tired at the be- ginning of the week. You take some fairly drastic measures to remedy this; they are both beneficial and, above all, truly inspiring. CANCER You may find yourself surrounded by a lot of people, which increases your stress levels a bit. Some rest will be in order before the end of the week. LEO You have to use your elbows and be a bit more aggressive to get the promotion you’ve been wanting. Spare no efforts and you’ll be ge- nerously rewarded. Affluence is on the horizon. VIRGO The idea of a trip could take shape. New elements related to family life allow you to seriously consider the possibility of moving to a more sui- table place. LIBRA An idea for a trip occurs to you. At work or elsewhere, there is a good chance that you’ll have to negoti- ate with strangers and talk in an- other language. SCORPIO Although you have a lot of little things to resolve, take the time to do them well. A money matter should finally come to a conclusion, espe- cially if it concerns your insurance. SAGITTARIUS You find yourself in a very confu- sed situation. Fortunately, this inci- dent will become something of a family joke for years to come. CAPRICORN You take great care of your pro- perty and your family, but you also need to take care of yourself. Try to pamper yourself and enjoy some good times. AQUARIUS This week unrolls under the sign of positivity. If you’re single, you’ll pro- bably meet that special someone who is willing to make a long term commitment. You need to love and be loved. PISCES A lot of comings and goings are to be expected. Family and friends need your help and an attentive ear. Enjoy receiving all their gratitude for your presence.

ratatouille. This recipe in cooked in the microwave.

INGREDIENTS: • 30 ml (2 tbsp) oil • 1 onion, sliced

• 1 eggplant • 2 zucchini • 1 green pepper • 1 red pepper • 120 g (4 oz) mushrooms, sliced • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped • fresh basil • 5 ml (1 tsp) chopped parsley • 15 ml (1 tbsp) tomato paste • 1 bay leaf • 30 ml (2 tbsp) white wine • Salt and pepper

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ACROSS 1. Picasso’s work 4. Like some cheese

DOWN 1. Without

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DIRECTIONS: Cut the eggplant in half, score the flesh lightly and sprinkle with salt. Leave on paper towels for 1/2 hour to draw out any bitterness. Heat the oil in a casserole for 30 seconds in the microwave, on high. Add the onion and garlic and cook 2 minutes on high. Wash the eggplant and dry it well. Slice it thinly and slice the zucchini and peppers and add to the onions. Cook 5 minutes on high, loosely covered. Add the herbs, bay leaf, tomato paste, wine, salt and pepper and cook a further 5 minutes on high. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook 2 minutes on high. Remove the bay leaf before serving.


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Recipe and photo : The Complete Microwave Cookbook, Judith Ferguson, Collins Royal.

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