Monday, 2 January 2012

hugh's squash and fennel lasagne

Happy New Year! Please to help me with my rucksack, Beef Jerky! Etc

Having spent a v delightful and sort-of relaxing weekend in the Country for New Year, (if you discount the Dingbats farrago), the drive back this afternoon sapped every last ounce of joy with every passing mile back. Damn you London!

This ennui was compounded on arrival home when every fibre cries out for take away, but you know you can neither afford it financially or physically, and you know for a fact a tarka dhal and chicken chettinand just isn't going to cut the mustard with Milo.

It was at this point I was suddenly reminded of meeting a reader of this very blog on Christmas Eve; a time-short mum, (long-time reader first time caller), who wanted a quick meal she could knock together for her and the kids when they got back from school. Her tearful face as she clutched her bucket of Echo Falls and packet of pork scratchings inspired me to dig this experimental lasagne out of HFW's amazing Veg book and set to...

Yes Sam Anda MacTartlin (name changed to protect innocent - Legal Ed), in just two quick hours (and that's including an unscheduled ride to Sainsbury's to buy the missing fennel), you can create a beautifully earthy, wintry lasagne, with sweet caramelised fennel and creamy goats cheese, that your child will decide they don't like, and your life partner will only pretend to eat as a form of encouragement for the recalcitrant fruit of your loins. But she doesn't really like, not really, I can see it in her eyes.

No, don't thank me Sam Anda, it's what I do... ...Much to Ana's chagrin.

squash and fennel lasagne - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage Veg Everyday! p33

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