Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This Vegetable Lasagne is one of my all time favourite recipes, and I love it.  I love it even more when there's plenty left over for dinner the following evening, especially as it tastes even better the next day.  I'll share the recipe with you.

1 Large Eggplant
1 Butternut Pumpkin
2 Large Red Capsicums
Packet Lasagne Sheets

2 Jars Leggos Pasta Sauce
Fresh Garlic
1/2 Tsp Oregano
1/2 Tsp Basil

600ml Milk
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Flour
Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

Prepare Eggplant & Pumpkin by chopping into slices, brush with olive oil and roast in oven 200 degrees for 1/2 hour.  Put the Capsicum in the oven whole and when it is cooked put it into a plastic bag for 10mts and the skin will come off easily.   Slice it into strips.

Prepare cheese sauce and set aside while vegetables are cooking.  Add 2 Tbsps Parmesan Cheese and 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg.

Add garlic, oregano and basil to tomato sauce mixture.

Arrange in baking dish in the following order. (It's a large mixture so get a large dish)

Tomato Sauce
Lasagne Sheets
Tomato Sauce
Lasagne Sheets
Tomato Sauce
Egg Plant
Extra Parmesan Cheese
Lasagne sheets
Tomato Sauce
All the cheese sauce on top

Bake 190 degrees for 35mts.

We have vegetarians in our family, so we often have meals without meat.  If you have someone in your family who can't live without meat, you could easily add some mince or chicken to keep them happy.   We usually eat it with salad.  It's a perfect meal for me at the moment when I'm spending most days painting.  I can prepare it early in the morning when it's too damp outside for me to start, and then in the evenings when I'm ready, dinner is ready too.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I found myself minding this little man in my life yesterday, and as it was the Toowoomba Show holiday, we decided to take some time out and brave the show with a 4 year old.  Now, I do know there were quilts there because I caught a glimpse of them in the distance, and I'm sure there were other crafts there too, but must say I didn't actually see any of it.  It didn't take me long to realise that 4 year olds aren't really very interested in the more cultured side of the local show.  I soon learned to interpret "Now, let's do something fun, Mum-ma" as "I want to go to sideshow alley and have some more rides".    Along with the dodgem cars, jumping castle, chips and balloons he did have a lot of fun and his mum tells me he's talked about nothing else since.  I think Grandad was secretly very excited to have a good excuse for this dodgem car experience without looking totally like an old man trying to recapture his youth.

Must say that we thoroughly enjoyed John Williamson's Great Australian Muster, despite being just about frozen solid because we hadn't planned to stay for the evening programme and had neglected to bring enough warm clothing.  We came home feeling very proud to be Australian.