Saturday, May 8, 2010

Jamie's Ministry Of Food Lasagne

It's Mothers Day in Adelaide tomorrow so Jared and I invited his Gran and Pop around for lunch.  I decided on lasagne as the dish.  I have cooked my favourite lasagne recipe for years; (here is the recipe) but I had heard great things about this Jamie Oliver version and I was keen to try something new.

Jared and I hit the town last night and crawled into bed in the wee small hours.  I lost my mobile phone while having shooters of Jam Donuts! Thankfully the bar text my dad today to let him know they have my phone.  Phew!  Isn't it so funny how we never learn that the next day will be pure torture!?  We just wouldn't stop, put the drink down and GO TO BED!  So needless to say this morning we were very rough.  At 10am our realestate agent came over to value the unit so we can put it on the market next week so there was a lot of last minute running around and tidying up before he walked in.  By the time he left and I got the lasagne on - I was very pressed for time. The guests arrived before I had even assembled the lasagne.  But it was all fine. Gran and Pop happily and patiently waited for it to cook.

The end result was great.  And the fact that I didn't have to make a bechamel sauce made my day!  Dolloping and spreading creme fraiche was so easy.  And I loved the flavour it produced in the end.  It really helped cut through the richness of the lasagne. I loved it even more, hours later, when I crawled up on the couch in front of Sex and the City with my uggies on and had another piece.

Happy Mothers Day Mum & Nana  xx

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Creamy Pea, Mint & Leek Soup

I am a fan of pea soup but I never had any idea how many flavoursome ingredients actually go into it!  I was doing the usual Sunday morning trawl through my cook books to find something special to cook for dinner tonight (we had already decided on soup) and I came across this Valli Little recipe from her cookbook Faking It.   It tastes so divine.  Very creamy and so much flavour.  What with mint, leek, celery, peas and cream how can you go wrong?  I love it, and it doesn't take long to cook at all and is extra delicious with my home made croutons and some extra crusty bread and butter on the side.   Perfect Sunday night comfort food.

Jared described this dish as "spot on" and "restaurant quality".  It doesn't get much better than that!!