Thursday, July 28, 2011

foods that freeze well

sadly this blog has been neglected because i have been so busy with work. alas, my cooking has become minimal as well as i heat up fish fingers (fish fingers here in the UK) or store bought breaded chicken.

the other week i was out with a friend at a local pub, and we both ordered lasagna. then i realized that lasagna is an easy dish to make (as long as you have enough time for the prep and baking which is usually 1 1/2 hours) that freezes really well! so last weekend, i made a meat lasagna that i divided up into six parts. four parts i froze, and the rest i will eat this week.

buying the ingredients for lasagna was a bit tricky. i spent about 10 minutes in the cheese aisle looking for ricotta cheese. i scanned each shelf carefully, but i eventually found it next to the marscapone cheese. apparently, the brits don't use ricotta cheese too much. i guess it's considered a posh cheese. But what else would you put into your lasagna? to me lasagna isn't lasagna without ricotta cheese. i did cheat a little as well, and i purchased the lasagna noodles that you don't have to pre-boil. anything you can do to save time.

one to thing to remember when you bake it in the oven, cover it for the first 30 minutes so that you don't overburn the top. i made that mistake with the first lasagna i made. uncover afterwards and continue to make to give the mozzarella a nice melted surface.

well, only a few more weeks until work calms down and life returns.

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