Thursday, 13 December 2007

Today's Menu

Okay, Baj was saying the other day that she needs to make lasagne.. really tasty lasagne, that is :)
So this is my way of doing it. I don't like the very dry one, where u can see each layer - I mean, u need to eat it, right? Layers wont stay there forever, right? Right :) So.. here goes..

This is what you need for 2 trays:

Meat Sauce:
1 kilo mince - I used mutton mince
220 grms, or one can of tomato paste
1/2 can of crushed tomatoes, or 4 medium sized fresh ones, cubed
1 tsp each of ginger garlic paste
2 tbls of oregano
1 tsp each of salt and red chillies (less or more, as u prefer)
3/4 tsp curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 generous tsp of ground black pepper
olive oil

White Sauce:
1 liter milk
1 big tbls butter and flour each
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp white pepper

Also:
Grated cheese, as much as you want
pack of cream
.. and of course lasagne sheets

This is what you do:

1- heat some oil and fry the meat with the ginger garlic paste till the water dries and the meat looks nicely done
2- pour in the tomato puree, add the tomatoes, canned or fresh and spices and mix well
3- add the oregano and let it simmer on low heat till the sauce thickens and looks tasty :)



4- grease your baking dish and lay out the lasagne sheets. I used a rectangle and a round dish just so you can see that you don't have to have a square one :) Though it makes for better pieces in that, for sure...



5- put the butter and flour in a non stick pan and mix on low heat, till it turns slightly golden. Not too dark mind!
6- keep stirring and pour in milk, slowly, to make at first a thick paste and work it gradually up to a sauce. Zara said it looked like well mixed cerelac before I added more milk!
7- while its simmering, add white pepper powder and salt and let it thicken



8- pour the sauce in a jug, it'll make pouring easier. Its important to make the sauce after the meat sauce and after preparing the tins and after everything else actually. That way it stays hot and helps to soften the lasagne sheets
9- spread some meat sauce on the lasagne sheets and top with white sauce
10- cover with more sheets and top with meat and white sauce, this time, spread the cream on top as well
11- complete the pile as high as you want and top generously with cheese and stick it in the hot oven for around 20 - 25 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is




12 - check after 20 minutes, switch on the grill to brown from top and ...



.... serve with a little salad and my own homemade ice-tea :)



Okay - the ice tea is really easy.. Just squeeze out a lemon or two, depending on how much you like lemon :) make a cup of hot and sugary black tea. Add the lemon juice to cold water, pour in the tea, adjust the sweet and chill. You can of course make your life easier, and just make lemon flavoured Tang and add the tea :)

And since this is a menu, we also have cake on the agenda. Which is so very easy:

I call it the 1,1, 2, 2 cake :)

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
2 cups flour
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
cinnamon
extra sugar
butter
.. and of course apples :)

So all you have to do is sift flour with salt with baking powder and set aside.
Beat the eggs, add sugar, beat some more
Pour in the milk, beat more
Add the flour mix and fold in.. remember, never beat after adding flour and baking powder. The cake will resemble a log otherwise...
Pour into greased tin..
... and here's the 'feeling' part..
cover the cake with diced apples
sprinkle 'some' cinnamon powder and sugar
and blot all over with butter.
I think I used around 100 grms of butter. But don't ask me about the cinnamon and sugar. Just sprinkle away...
Bake it, and let it turn golden. Serve with cream.. yummy.. :)



Oh by the way, this is what I've done to my kitchen balcony window. Didn't like the curtain and didn't like the prying eyes either.. I think this solution is a good one..