Food for Thought with Suzanne Dunaway

Summer Quickie

Well, my sister-in-law sent me the basis of this recipe and then I twiddled with it a bit because I had so many zucchine and eggplant from my generous gardening neighbor and the whole thing took about 10 minutes to prepare and then I just poured a nice glass of cool rose and went out into the garden with my kitty and mate to wait for dinner.

The lovely vegetables of of a P-O summer are inspiration for so many one-dish lunches or dinners.

I will admit that two of us ate almost all of this but there was enough left to whiz up the next day with a little broth and some ricotta to make a pasta sauce! Versatile, these aubergine!

I love foods like this in summer, so easy, so healthy, plus it’s nice if you have sweet neighbors…



Serves 4


  • 4 Japanese eggplant, sliced thin
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 2 zucchine, sliced thin
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of a large lemon plus all of its peel, grated
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of espelette or a few red pepper flakes
  • 250 g of Billy goat cheese or whatever goat cheese or feta you like
  • ½ cup chapelure


Heat the oven to 200°C/390°F or a nice hot oven

In a large bowl, combine everything except the goat or feta cheese and toss the vegetables around well to coat with the olive oil.

Pour a little olive oil in a baking dish and put in one layer of the vegetables. Add bits of goat or feta cheese pushed down into the veggies.

Add another layer and do the same thing again with the cheese.

Sprinkle the chapelure over all and bake for 40 minutes or until everything is nicely browned.

Meet the chef

P-O Life reader, Suzanne Dunaway, has cooked since she was 5 years old, when she made cinnamon pinwheels from her mother’s pastry dough.

She LOVES to cook. Some might say she LIVES to cook. The smells, the tastes, the textures…

She is a firm believer in simplicity and creates her recipes in the ethos of ‘anyone can cook’.

After years of experience in her own kitchen, cooking schools and private classes all over the world, in this weekly blog, Suzanne shares with us her PO-inspired creations.

With many strings to her bow, she is also an artist and columnist, with two published cookbooks.

Get a copy of her ‘No Need to Knead: Handmade Artisan Breads in 90 Minutes’ here  

Or her 5 star rated book ‘Rome, at Home: The Spirit of La Cucina Romana in Your Own Kitchen’ here

All content and recipes are copyright of Suzanne Dunaway.


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  1. Wanting to touch base with Suzanne. Longtime friend from Lo Angeles! Please pass word to her to reach out.

  2. Sounds appetising. A healthy, meatless dish – always appreciated. Thanks !

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