Ratatouille Recipe Money Saver Using Leftover Bread Crumble Mix

The usual way to make a crumble mix is with flour and margarine (or some other shortening ingredient such as butter or lard) crumbled together by hand or using a food processor. The crumble mix is then sprinkled as a topping over various kinds of fruit or vegetable dishes and baked until the crumble is golden brown.

This version of crumble mix is a money saver because it uses leftover bread instead of flour, and is a good way of using up any remaining ends of medium to hard cheese. While it isn’t essential to have a simple food processor to crumble the bread, margarine and cheese together, it does speed things up, but it can also be made by hand with a knife and a grater.

The savoury crumble topping is a winner because it saves waste and adds a crunchy texture. The cheese (any sort except soft cheese) is a perfect complement to the flavour of the vegetables and provides extra calcium for a growing family, while not being too heavy for an evening meal.

How the Mediterranean Cuisine Ratatouille Recipe Became Popular in Britain

Ratatouille is a traditional French recipe using fresh vegetables and olive oil from the South of France Mediterranean area, known as the Midi. It was hardly known in Britain before the 1950s because the main ingredients were not grown in Northern Europe. The ideal ingredients would be sweet red onions, sweet peppers, young courgettes (zucchini), wild mushrooms and tomatoes, all fresh, with extra virgin olive oil and mountain herbs.

It was the famous cookery writer Elizabeth David who created a demand for exotic vegetables and other ingredients native to Southern Europe in the 1950s. By the 1960’s, thanks to better transport and growing methods, many more food items from the Mediterranean area became available in Britain and the rest of Northern Europe, and ratatouille became popular with home cooks. This is just one of many variations of it.

Ratatouille Recipe:


  • 2 medium onions (use red onions for a milder taste)
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic or more if liked
  • 3 sweet peppers (use 1 red, one green and one yellow for eye appeal)
  • 4 large mushrooms or equivalent in small mushrooms
  • 3 medium zucchini (courgettes)
  • Chopped herbs to taste (basil, sage and rosemary are best)
  • 3 or 4 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • One 400gms/10 oz can of tomatoes
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1. Chop all ingredients, or slice/chop different vegetables ie fine-chop the onions, slice the courgettes, or whatever looks attractive.
  2. Add a few tablespoonfuls of good olive oil to a pan warming on medium heat.
  3. Put in the onions first for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the sliced vegetables, chopped or shredded herbs and seasoning to taste.
  5. Stir in the can of tomatoes (or fresh if available) last.
  6. Lower heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the Savoury Cheese Crumble Mix, as below.
  8. Transfer to large ovenproof dish, and switch on oven to warm at medium heat.

Savoury Cheese Crumble Mix Recipe Using Leftover Food:


  • 3 or 4 slices or crusts of any kind of leftover bread (using different kinds together is fine)
  • 2 oz-3oz (or a couple of tbs) of margarine, butter or any other cooking fat
  • 2-3 oz of any kind(s) of medium to hard cheese (mature cheese and mixing types works well)

Directions for the Leftover Bread Crumble Mix and to Assemble Dish:

  1. Crumble together as for making pastry, using a food processor or knife and hand grater.
  2. Sprinkle and smooth over the ratatouille in the oven proof dish
  3. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes in a moderate oven until the crumble topping is golden brown.


  • Greasing the top of the dish can make cleaning easier afterwards.
  • Don’t overfill the dish.
  • The ratatouille and leftover bread crumble mix can be prepared at different times, and each can be frozen separately.
  • If frozen when assembled in the oven dish for later cooking, make sure defrosting is complete before putting in a heated oven.

This dish is good for complete cheap family meals, or as a side dish with meat. It is particularly useful if there are is a vegetarian or two at the table, because they can eat this with more cheese and some leafy green vegetables.

How To Turn Your R5 Mandela Coin Into R5000

Have you been lucky enough to get your hands on a Mandela R5 coin? If so, there is a good chance that you’re eager to transfer it into 5,000 Rand or even more. The Mandela coin is one of the most sought after. Therefore, it is worth a pretty penny. Of course, it is important to understand that there are several different types of R5 Mandela coins and they’re not all equal. Within this comprehensive guide, you will learn all about these coins and how to turn yours into R5000.

Types Of Mandela Coins

Now, you should know that there are several different types of Mandela coins. The biggest differential between them is the time in which they were released to the public. In 2008, the Nelson Mandela 90th birthday coin was released. Today, this is considered to be one of the rarest coins of all. As the name implies, this coin celebrates Mandela’s 90th birthday. The 2000 Millennium Coin is also very rare. This coin was released as a way to show respect to Mandela when he retired as State President. The 1994 Inauguration coin celebrates Mandela’s inauguration as President.

How Much Is The 2008 Mandela 5 Rand Coin Worth?

Want to know how much is the 2008 Mandela 5 Rand coin worth? Well, keep reading.

If you’re really, really lucky, you’ll be able to get your hands on a 2008 Mandela 5 Rand Coin. As mentioned above, this is the rarest of Mandela coins and it tends to be more valuable. The bi-metallic coins feature the bust of Nelson Mandela, as well as the national arms of South Africa. In the early days, these coins weren’t worth a whole lot. In fact, before the passing of Mandela, it would have been possible to purchase one of these coins for five to fifteen dollars. This has changed significantly.

Value Of Mandela R5 Coin After His Death

As mentioned above, the Mandela R5 Coin’s value soared to new heights after the President’s death. Today, this coin is considered to be the most valuable Mandela coin of all. Several years ago, three of these coins sold for R100,000 or $10,000 each. Today, the coins may be worth even more. As long as you do your research and find the right buyer, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to make a bundle.

Where To Sell Mandela Coins

If you are loaded down with Mandela R5 coins, you will be happy to learn that there are a variety of places that you can get rid of them. Of course, you have the option of using eBay and other online auction sites, which are great because individuals from around the globe can literally go through bidding wars over your coins. While this might offer the highest prices, if you don’t have the time to wait around for individuals to go through a bidding war, you have other options as well. One of these options could be selling to a coin company.

As you already know, all Mandela coins are worth something. Nevertheless, it is the 2008 Mandela 5 Rand coin that takes the top spot. This coin is incredibly valuable. Just remember to use some caution when attempting to sell your coin. Make sure that you choose a reputable dealer and be sure that you get top dollar for the coin!


Gail Climer – Office Manager & Aquatic Instructor 

Gail Climer divides her time between BTAC and Transylvania Aquatic Physical Therapy. She has worked with T.A.P.T. since 1992 and she joined the BAC team in 1994. She has degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Appalachian State University. She is certified by the American Red Cross for Lifeguard and Water Safety Instruction. She has been a certified Aquatic Instructor with the Aquatic Exercise Association since 1990. She and her husband Don have 2 children, daughter, Kara and son, Jesse. Gail is happy to assist with any membership concerns you may have especially in areas of billing and accounting.

Karla Mather, CPT – General Manager, Director of Fitness

Karla Mather joined the club as assistant general manager in December 2007.  Prior to that she was group fitness manager, personal trainer and taught several of our group fitness classes.  Karla, a native of Brevard, has been in the fitness and wellness industry for over 20 years.  She is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a certified outdoor fitness trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Training Association.  She is a certified group fitness leader and a certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor.  Karla is a qualified instructor in the Les Mills Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Vive and RPM programs.  She is currently studying massage therapy and will soon be certified to provide Thai Yoga Massage.  Karla’s primary responsibilities at BTAC are club director, manager of the group fitness program, advertising, sales, member relations and team management.  Karla and her husband reside in Brevard.

Thomas Smith, AFPA – Nationally Certified Trainer/Cycling Coach

Thomas joined the club in early February to assist with member orientations and personal training. He has a strong fitness background with over ten years of coaching and nutritional counseling.  He comes to us with over ten years personal training and management experience through Gold’s Gym and the YMCA.  Thomas was a former pro soccer player for four years before becoming a pro cyclist.  He was invited to the Olympic Training Center in 2000 to train with the cycling team, after spending a year racing in Italy.  He has coached high school/middle school soccer, as well as club and pro cyclists.  Thomas says he specializes in “healthamatizing” people .


Mike Vandegrift ~ Owner

Greg Stacey ~  Director of Tennis

Lori Park ~ Fitness Coach


Association Rules

10 Outdoor HarTru clay courts
2 Indoor HarTru clay courts
2 hard courts

Call for Private Lessons 0628926733

1. All courts are handled on a reservation basis. To make reservations, please come by or call the pro shop at 0725637288. WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS, PLEASE GIVE THE NAMES OF ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS.

2. All players must register in the pro shop before taking the court. Each player’s name will be required for employees to check reservations, guest fee, etc. Guests of members should sign in.


  1. Adults may make a reservation up to 3 days in advance up to a maximum of 1.5 hours, but may reserve no more than one time per day. You may play more than one time per day only when there is no scheduled play on a particular court.
  2. Players more than 15 minutes late for a reservation without calling will lose the reserved court.
  3. All members will be charged a R50 penalty for their share of a “No Show” reservation.


  1. Adults may make reservations up to 3 days in advance up to a maximum of 1.5 hours.
  2. All members will be charged their share of a “No Show” reservation.

Contract Groups – These are groups with a set day and time to play each week during the winter season (October through April, for 25 weeks). A lottery will be held in September for choice of times. Current contract prices will be published at that time.

Tennis Pass Holders – A Tennis Pass gives a member the privilege to use the indoor tennis courts on a daily basis. See the current contract rate schedule for more details.

Once a court has been reserved, cancellation involves the following:

  1. After notification, if we can re-assign the court, members will not be charged.
  2. If we cannot re-assign the court, and all other courts are booked at that time, members making the cancellation will be charged.

1. Please give up your court at the allotted time.”Just one more point” is not fair to others. Everyone’s time is precious.
2. Please walk around the courts to enter the court you have been assigned.
3. Please do not talk across courts.
4. Please wait until starting time to enter courts – early arrivals are very distracting.
5. Use proper tennis etiquette at all times.

Proper tennis attire and regulation tennis shoes are required at all times. Shirts must be worn at all times. Tank tops are not permitted for men. Jeans are not permitted.