Doing more catching up! Almost done!
A few weeks ago my dad came home from the grocery store with a jar of lemongrass for me, so two Monday nights ago I decided to make that my theme. I'd never cooked with lemongrass before, so I decided just to work with ingredients I was familiar with and just lemongrassitize them. So, I came up with this:
It was tofu and eggplant baked with lemongrass and Panko in a lemongrass, garlic, and chili sauce. Thom loved it, my parents were so-so. I just make it. I did like this one, though. It could've been saucier, though it did have good accompaniments. I made a carrot and cucumber salad and added crushed peanuts and scallions on the side. Oh, how I love adding the little things at the last second...
Oh, and I almost forgot! I made these awesome salad rolls for an appetizer!
They had lettuce, carrot, cucumber, bean-sprouts, and chik'n, and were wrapped with these: (Sushi Party Soy Wrappers)
I bought them from Wegmans on a whim and am really glad that I did! They were very easy to work with and tasted good (or, really, they had a good texture. They didn't really taste like anything at all, and that was a plus!) So, I'd definitely say that I recommend the product, and I'm not someone who's even very good at making sushi!)
And, now, to move things along, I will show you what I made this past Monday! (I bet you didn't expect that one...)
My dad requested lasagna for this week's dinner, and I will have to admit, I was a little skeptical. I like making neat, pretty food for my parents, and lasagna definitely is not that. Usually! This one turned out to be the most well-behaved, delicious lasagna I have ever seen. I LOVED it, and I wouldn't even say I like lasagna! I think the homemade pasta (as seen below) made all the difference.
I wasn't sure whether or not to cook the pasta first, but I did end up boiling it for a few minutes, and it turned out perfectly. As for the filling, I decided to go with artichoke:
And spinach and onions, and (Isa's recipe)basil and tofu ricotta:
I sliced some Roma tomato on top-
And it turned out wonderfully! Way better than any lasagna I've ever had. I also made a little Caprese salad with marinated tofu instead of mozzerella and with roasted mushrooms just for fun.
But seriously, this was miracle lasagna. The pieces stayed together perfectly when sliced even though it was very saucy and filled! The pasta was tender but slightly al dente, and the basil kept everything nice and fresh even though it was very filling. Behold, a well behaved slice: (Thom had eaten most of his salad before remembering to take a picture---I take that as a compliment!)
So there you have it---we are now caught up in the Monday dinner department. My folks haven't yet decided what to have this upcoming Monday, so you'll just have to wait until then to find out! Cheers!
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