Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gourmet Garden "Blog off/Cook off"

I decided to take part in the Gourmet Garden "Blog off/Cook off" not because I am particularly fantastic at either... but more because I love and appreciate anything that can make cooking the family meal quicker and easier...

So after receiving these little guys in the mail and direction that the meal didn't have to be anything fancy (phew!) I got busy making one of the family favorites...Lasagne..

Onion and Chunky garlic straight into the pan..
Add the mince to brown - no photo required... not very attractive!

add a tin of diced tomato and tomato pasta sauce

slice and dice zucchini and capsicum, throw that in too..

a good squeeeeze of Thyme and simmer away..

normally i buy bechamel white sauce but thought I'd show off especially for the occasion. Not really... just didn't have any.

So this was a basic bechamel sauce off here

then layer upon layer upon layer - meat, sauce, fresh lasagne sheets... and so on..

Sprinkle the top with cheese.. in the oven at 180 until the cheese melts..

I got side tracked and left it in the oven a little long, so it was nice and super crunchy!

Kids loved it = big red stained grins!

I'm sure you all know how to make Lasagne... honestly... the Thyme, real bechamel sauce and fresh pasta sheets made such a difference.. and so quick and easy!

Just having a lovely quiet weekend at home this weekend..Long overdue... Pajamas until 12pm this morning, houseworking and fluffing... Fire lit and uggies on - ready for a quiet night in...

Melissa xx


  1. Oh you've made me so hungry.
    And, might I add, that is the best kind of Saturday......
    I'm glad it's not just me!!! ;o)
    Enjoying a glass of red right now......
    Tania @ Scandi.Coast.Home

  2. Oh how lovely! Someone on the same page! Mmmmm... glass of red - hadn't thought of that yet! Great idea! Thanks for coming past - Enjoy...

  3. Hahaha this made me chuckle, as I've been emailing and instagramming you today I've been making a lasagne in our little donga oven also! Saturday afternoons mean lasagne making for me, keep one in the freezer, easy meal I don't have to cook after work = excellent. And making bechamel reminds me of being a little girl and my mum teaching me how to make lasagne, it's a standard skill to learn isn't it? I wish I had fresh lasagne sheets but...the shops are three hours away! Hmph.

    1. great minds do in fact think alike miss Emma :)


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