|Image from Peach Martini|
This recipe starts out a lot like lasagne and ends up a lot like fish and chips from the local shops.
Vegetables of your choice (I use zuchinni and mushrooms)
- Make the bechamel sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan, add flour, whisk vigourously, add milk, keep whisking for AGES, until you get the perfect consistency. Add parmesan cheese. Do not let anything or anyone distract you while whisking your prize sauce to perfection. Taste and smile smugly about how awesome you are. Set sauce aside.
- Grate or finely chop the vegetables – adding vegetables to this meal makes you a good mum.
- Smile smugly.
- Start making the meat sauce. Heat oil in pan and add mince.
- Brown mince, add garlic and herbs. Add tomato paste, red wine and brown sugar, stir and turn down heat to a simmer.
- Add tin of tomatoes and pre-prepared vegetables, stir lovingly. Add any pepper or seasoning at this stage.
- Leave to simmer for awhile, stirring occasionally.
- When done, start building the lasagne: In a large dish, layer meat sauce, lasagne sheets and bechamel sauce alternately
- Admire your perfect layering and smile smugly. You are a domestic goddess. This working from home thing isn’t hard at all. You CAN have it all, you just need to be organised and balanced. You are awesome.
- Put lasagne in oven at 180 degrees celsius.
- Consider putting the oven timer on, decide not to, glance at clock but do not take in any information from it.
- Pick up crying baby from playpen, change, feed, soothe and attempt to settle for her afternoon nap.
- While bouncing baby in bouncer with foot, try to multi-task.
- Check email. Do some work.
- Look up at clock. Try to remember what time you put the lasagne in the oven. Fail to recall.
- Scold yourself for not setting the timer… try again to remember the time… guess, and decide the lasagne still has another 15 minutes.
- Finish working and then log into twitter.
- Smell the burning lasagne.
- Turn off the oven and take lasagne out. It’s pretty black. Scold yourself for previous smugness and premature self congratulations.
- Get annoyed at the two hours wasted preparing this high maintenance meal.
- Take a photo of lasagne and send to Husband with the caption, “I burned dinner, please bring home fish and chips”
- Enjoy the fish and chips and forget the lasagne incident ever happened.
- Resolve to have twice as many vegetables with tomorrow nights meal.