For many years I've cherished my ability to bring smiles to many from my homemade lasagnas. I make them with passion, love and of course.. lots of mozzarella! *mmmMmm..smacks lips*
"The greatest act of love is to make someone who is down a pot of warm homemade chicken soup"
..... Su chooses to feed them lasagna instead! ;)
I've spent most of my new years eve and first week of the 2011 making cakes and fulfilling orders for events; etc. However, with the little time I had in between... I did make time to watch an old movie.. take drives to no where and hang out local bars for a glass of wine or stout. One of these silly escapades led me to revisiting an old favourite movie of mine; Ratatouille! Hehe remember the little rat master chef? I remember watching it for the first time and looking at the expression of joy and passion he had from everything he held. It was inspiring. The zucchini, the eggplant, the tomatoes.. the fresh herbs and all that jazz! OH I HAD TO COOK SOMETHING!~ haha
I miss cooking so so much.. now that my full time job ties me down to sugary sweet things; it's difficult to make time for things like making roasts, stews and pastas I used to love.
It was the beginning of a new year and everyone in the family had been on their toes with work. My Delectable elves have been working themselves to the ground at Christmas and well I had some friends who needed cheering up and i suppose a special person I had been meaning to impress.
What better way to show some 2011 'love' than to bake loads and loads of lasagna for everyone at lunch! I initially believed the ingredients I bought was worthy of feeding an army;... but as the servings were dished out and little portions were distributed around.. *sigh*... I came to realize.. my friends and family can eat.. ALOT of lasagna! A day later; I had already began hearing "When are you making some more!?" haha
I don't know if I'm ready to part with my signature white and red sauce secrets... ...hehe..
..but I can tell you the trick to good lasagna is not to skim on the ingredients. In this instance; I made a vegetable+mushroom lasagna.. so you've got to put lots and lots of layers but remember to slice them thin to make sure they cook through. Also remember the mushrooms got to be thick to give bite! I used 2 types; portabello and button shrooms.
Don't forget; if you're using vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes and eggplant; they excrete natural juices when they cook; so you've got to make sure your sauces are thick and not watered down, if not you'll end up with too much liquid in between the layers.
I would probably do a full write up on my lasagna; with step by step instructions on day; but as for now.. I've got a hint for you; ORegano.. fresh roughly chopped oregano! You got to have it on there!