Posted in Chef Lane, Food

Chef Lane: No Noodle Lasagna

I’m working out how to utilize all the produce from my Bountiful Basket order.  First up, today, was the eggplant.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it, but when I started to work, I realized that the bottom quarter of the plant was not usable.  So, I switched gears and turned it into a lasagna.

No pictures again, but this time because it smelled so good I kind of dove into it before I thought to take any.

You will need:

  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 3 leaves of fresh basil (or dried)
  • 1/2lb of ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup egg beaters
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pasta sauce of your choice
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1tsp Cilantro Paste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Slice eggplant into paper thin rounds.
  3. Dredge the rounds in egg (I added a dash of salt to the egg), then coat with bread crumbs.
  4. Place the coated eggplant on a cookie tray and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, turning the rounds halfway through.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside.
  6. Finely chop basil leaves.
  7. Slice onion into thin rounds.
  8. Leave half in rounds, and finely chop the other half.
  9. Mix garlic, cilantro, and chopped onion into lamb, then brown in skillet on stovetop. While meat is browning, add half the basil leaves.
  10. In a small casserole dish, pour a small amount of pasta sauce and cover bottom of dish. Layer the bottom with the baked eggplant rounds. Add a layer of onion rounds. Use half the goat cheese and create a cheese layer.
  11. Pour in the entire meat mixture for the next layer.
  12. Cover with a layer of pasta sauce
  13. Add the rest of the goat cheese and cover layer.
  14. Cover with the rest of the eggplant rounds and the rest of the pasta sauce
  15. Top with parmesan cheese and the remaining basil.
  16. Cook at 350 for 35 minutes.

This makes about 6 heaping 1/2 cup servings, and works out to the following per serving numbers (according to MyFitnessPal):

  • 253 calories
  • 17 carbs
  • 15 fat
  • 14 protein
  • 4 fiber

Thor ate his up!  This means I got eggplant, onion, basil and cilantro into the boy without his knowing it.  Yay!



Posted in Chef Lane, Family, Home Interiors/Exteriors

Stewing and Swaying in the Summer Heat

Today, I expanded my cooking oeuvre to include one of mutt tagine of lamb.  Mutt because I used the instructions from a Moroccan recipe, with the base of an Irish recipe, and the ingredients of an entirely other Greek meat dish.  I thought it was really good, and am looking forward to lunch tomorrow.

I cubed a pound of lamb and browned that in well salted olive oil, onions, and a Tbs of garlic paste, then added a cup of stock I made boiling the lamb bone and the fat I had trimmed down, and 1.5 cups of chicken stock.  I added 4 carrots sliced into 1/4 inch rounds, an eggplant halved and sliced, and a half pound of asparagus, chopped into 1 inch bits.  Into that I added 1/2 Tbs each of Allspice, Coriander, and 1 Tbs of brown sugar, and salted and white peppered to taste.  I let that cook on medium, covered, for 45 minutes.

While that was cooking, I shredded 2 small potatoes and fried them over olive oil with garlic and herbs, then broiled them.

I served the tagine over rice, with a helping of potatoes and a dollop of sour cream.  Tasty!


At the grocery store, this morning, I found a great deal on a hammock–and on a hammock that doesn’t tip and tilt as much as usual.  This one hangs from two anchors on either end, rather than just one in the middle.  That also means it doesn’t rock as much as most hammocks, so I won’t get seasick lying in it.

B had been skeptical about having one, but after seeing how happy Thor was in it, he decided to have a go himself.

While I was cooking, Thor was napping in my bed, and B was whiling away the afternoon in my new hammock. The nice thing about being the photographer in the family is that no one took pictures of me while I wallowed in it!

By the time I got to try it out, it was really time for me to start getting ready for my father and his wife to arrive, so I just lived vicariously through the boys.

My dad arrived bearing gifts–lovely gifts that he had received as birthday presents from his lovely wife over the years.  Several mint condition cars that Thor dove into like a pile of marshmallows.  He loves wheels.

Peepaw and Thor, and the passing down of collector cars from one generation to another. It was fitting that Thor had chosen his Mustang tshirt for the day.

Tomorrow is another Monday, and we’ll hit the ground running as usual.  At least I’ll be running toward a great lunch.  Then, I need to go to the hardware store for something, but I can’t remember what.  I’m sure it will come to me at 3 in the morning.