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Serves: 4



1 Aubergine ± 250g

4 Tablespoons Olive oil

2 Garlic Cloves crushed

1 Large Onion chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-size cubes

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-size cubes

800g canned chopped Tomatoes

2 Courgettes, sliced

250g Mushrooms

1 Celery Stick, sliced

1 Teaspoon Sugar

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons fresh Thyme



  1. Trim the Aubergine and cut into bite-sized chunks and put in colander. Sprinkle with salt and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes. This will remove the bitter taste of the Aubergine.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Rinse the Aubergine and drain well, then add that to the saucepan with the peppers. Reduce the heat and cook gently for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, courgettes, celery, sugar and chopped thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve.


 Tip:  Serve this with a baked potatoes or some freshly baked crusty bread.

Photo: Clive B-Hill


About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

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