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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A bit cheesy :)

So in an effort to use things from fridge and store cupboard I had spinach and lasagne sheets so a lasagne was on the cards!
Problem was I had no ricotta cheese.. Tried Tesco and they only had one packet left! And it was snowing like mad and already took 3 hours to get home from work( usually takes 30ins)!

A phonecall to our friendly neighbour who works in wholesale sorted the problem and for 4 packets of ricotta for £2 the deal was done!! They were due to
"Go off" in 3 days time so they were reduced to 50p each.. Bargain!!

I then invited neighbours for tea and got on with whipping up the lasagne!

It was super easy and thought I'd share it with you all!

What you'll need

Lasagne sheets
Tomato Pasta sauce
500g ricotta cheese
An egg
100g chopped mushroom
Wee bit of butter
Some grated mozzarella for the top
A grating of nutmeg
About 30g paramesan
About 20g pine nuts

Sauté mushrooms in butter then add spinach to welt for several minutes

In separate bowl mix egg, most of Parmesan, and ricotta and pine nuts

Add spinach and mushroom into

Begin layering by starting with some pasta sauce, then lasagne sheets(I used 3 together per layer but what ever your dish will allow)

Then layer on spinach mixture then a wee bitta pasta sauce then another layer of lasagne sheets and just keep layering until u have no mixture left..
Put on layer of pasta sauce on top sprinkle with mozzarella and rest of the paramesan.. Grated nutmeg to finish the topping and put in oven at 180 deg fan oven for about 45 mins

I served it with sweet potato fries.. Made by chopping up an unpeeled sweet potato.. Coating with cornflour(makes them crispy rather than soggy) and put in deep fat fryer until golden

Guess what's on leftover lunch today... Unmmm


Fi. X

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Snow joke

We're got some white stuff here and made 2 wee snowman!

I've manged to get around to making my blocks for hipbees and due to work and illness have found the time now!! I'm very sorry to all that haven't received them but photos are on Flickr now and they're ready to be posted on Monday!!

I'm very proud of these as I took the time to do them and I've learnt a lot from doing them! The wonky star block seemed simple at the outset but when I started to make the wee star it all went wrong but I was able to salvage it and make a lovely block!

Collette asked for D9P and although she didn't want it symmetrical that's how it turned out! And Catherine wanted a hst block and this took a lot of time and patience and I have been feeling a bit stressed recently but doing this block was very therapeutic and has got my creative juices flowing again when I was thinking of hanging up the boots so to speak! I really have to say thank you so much to di@ willowbeck for her encouragement and thanks to all the hipbees for being patient!!

I've changed the name of my blog slightly to 'sew thrifty fi' as that's what I've become in recent months! We're making meal planners... Using left overs and trying not to call on local takeaways for dinner!! So far we're doing well! This week we've tried out 2 new recipes and this includes a 'minced garlic and brown sugar slow cooker chicken' and a lasagne made the usual way but instead of bethamel sauce you use cottage cheese! Last night we used left over chilli from freezer and an old tikka masala from freezer to make up burritos and they were yummy!,..

I am ok with my toddler watching tv but I don't want her to get to her 30's and only discover her creative streak then (like her mummy) so this is her playing with play dough!

Now I need a sewing project... Anyone any ideas??

bye for now

Keep warm in that cold weather

Fi x