This weekend we had the feeling that the autumn had arrived. We had low temperature, very windy and a little cloudy sky. The weather is being quite strange this year...so I really felt like having a nice plate of pasta would make my day. While we watched the most exiting Formula 1 races we tasted this absolutely delicious Lasagna.
I always prepare the Lasagna the same way, and this time I wanted to try something new. Looking in my cooking books I found this recipe, easy, creamy and mmmm...
Looking now to my old post, I have just realized that I cook Lasagna in autumn days...
Dry pasta for Lasagna
1 1/2 kg Spinach (I use frozen spinach)
1 can of crushed tomato
7 or 8 dried sun tomatoes
salt and pepper
Chop one of the onions and fry till it's transparent.
Also chop the dry tomatoes, and when the onion is ready add them to the pan. Stir for 5 min and add the can of chopped tomatoes. Add a little sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
In another pan fry the other chopped onion, and once it's transparent add the spinach, the corn and the mushrooms, and the nutmeg.
Now you have both prepared, take a oven pan, maybe 5cm high...add the first layer of dry pasta. the ones we have here in Spain ( I suppose you may find the same everywhere) has to by hydrated first, we do this with the tomato sauce.
Now you can start with spinach layer, and on top of the spinach you can add the ricotta. You can also mix it previously in a bowl but this is up to you!
Now on top the another dry pasta layer, more tomato sauce on top and more spinach with ricotta. and after that the last layer with dry pasta and what you have left of the tomato sauce. Put the oven to 200º.
For the bachamel sauce. On a deep frying pan, melt the butter, once it's starting to boil, add 2 spoons of flour. Stir till you have a paste and add slowly a little of milk. Don't stop moving the spoon. Add more milk, nutmeg and salt. Add milk till you have an almost liquid sauce. Now the last thing you need to do is to add the grated Parmesan to the sauce and stir well. Add the sauce to the lasagna, and sprinkle some Parmesan on top.
this dish is one of my favourites. It's very easy to cook and it's very, very healthy. you only need many veggies, and maybe if you want to add something else, you can try maybe shrimps, chicken breats or meat. I will give you the basic recipe, but it's up to you to add anything you like.
3 or 4 carrots
1 can of bamboo roots
7 or 8 shiitake mushrooms
1 piece of sliced ginger
100gr of soy bean sprouts
transparent rice noodles
sesame oil soy sauce
lot's of cilantro
if you don't have a WOK, use a simple frying pan.
The WOK, as it has a very small base, you can cook anything with very little fire. So good for you if you have a fire kitchen. the most important thing is that you slice all the vegetables in thin long pieces. this way the vegetables will cook sooner. in the base of the wok add the sesame oil, just enough to cover the base. Once the oil is really hot, add first the onion and the leek. Wait for the onion to become transparent and then add the ginger, the carrots and the zucchini. Cook till the zucchini is nearly cooked (10min aprox) and add the bamboo and the mushrooms. Now you can add a little of soy sauce, and keep cooking for another 10 min. the last thing to add is the soy bean sprouts, as they cook really fast. in a separate pan you will cook the transparent noodles, once they are done (you only need boiling water, salt and a deep pan + 5 min) you can add them to the WOK. Add a little more soy sauce and you will be done! let it stay in the fire for 5 min more, and you can serve. add the chopped cilantro on top. As I said before this recipe can be even better with a little imagination like if you add cashew nuts, prawns... I hope you enjoy it!
Alvaro and I have been living in this house for 3 years now. The first tree we planted was a little apple tree that had only 3 skinny branches. For 3 years we have been waiting for the precious fruit to grow. aren't they beautiful? I haven't tried any yet. I look at them everyday, and I imagine that they must taste soo good...but I'm waiting patiently for them to grow.
I always had the dream of making an apple pie with my own apples, and at last as soon as September starts I will be able to make one! lavander at home!
We will be traveling in a week through lovely France. This time we will go to Brittany.