Daring Lasagne

March 29, 2009

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.

Edited to add: Sorry – I was having trouble posting last night and finally got the picture to go up, so I left it at that.

Graham and I had a great time making the lasagne. For the time and effort we put in, we were really hoping it would taste great. And it did! Next time we would use frozen spinach for the pasta because I think the flavour would be better. Other than that… an excellent Sunday night dinner!



saturday sunshine

March 29, 2009


for the love of cream

March 28, 2009



I felt like fish on Tuesday night. After our run, sweaty and gross, we stopped into Loblaws and picked up some halibut on sale. Even though it was the cheapest fish at the seafood counter, at about $6, it’s a more “expensive” meal, considering that doesn’t make leftovers. But, I digress.

We decided to bake the fish, then top with a sauce. Now, sauce means cream sauce if Graham’s in the kitchen. I’m more of a non-cream user. I don’t think you really need it. To me, cream is a crutch. To Graham, it’s the only kind of sauce to make. He started out with a chopped tomato, capers and caper juice, with herbs in the frying pan, just warming. I got the fish on tin foil, in the oven, the potatoes boiling (Graham) and the frozen roll warming (me). Then, the sour cream made an appearance. Before I could object… into the pan it went. I teased Graham that his favourite colour is salmon pink… the colour that everything turns when cream is added. I don’t know his exact words, but it went something like this: you’ll love it when you eat it.

I ate my words, once again.


Graham’s back!

March 25, 2009

Now that we are together again during the week, we are having great dinners!


This was an asparagus, sausage and gnocci recipe from Rachael Ray’s cookbook. It was supposed to be broccoli rabe, but asparagus was on sale and looked really good!


It was super-tasty and such a nice weeknight meal!

I also baked these scones Monday night.


Sorry for the crummy photo. Or, should that be crumb-y… !! These scones are excellent – the flavour is subtle, but that could be because I forgot the topping – more maple syrup and oats. I’ve been enjoying one for dessert the past few nights.

Thanks for sticking with me, loyal readers. I think blogging will be easier now that we are having proper weeknight meals. Who wanted to see my eggs, sandwiches, french toast 5 nights a week? Well, I think with meals like the one above, this should bring the interest and excitement back to Hare and Tortoise!


Photo-less Weekend

March 21, 2009

Graham’s in Ottawa visiting his friends and took my camera. No photos from me this weekend! I’ve got a long to-do list, including visiting my sister, groceries, run, emails, Crate & Barrel, laundry. So far? Have had waffles for breakfast, watched an episode of CSI, mopped the kitchen floor and cleaned up, swept the living room & dining room and cleaned the bathroom. Now, I’m caught up on Reader.

Have a great weekend!

My own pad thai!

March 16, 2009

Are you there, readers? It’s me, Sarah.

I’m back! We had a great weekend and while I was lazy in the kitchen last night, I kicked up the heat tonight. Literally.


I got the recipe here. I have many of Kevin’s recipes bookmarked – as I’ve said before, they’re easy but so tasty.


The one thing I discovered tonight? I hate cilantro. But other than that… A-1 recipe! There’s even a small serving left for lunch tomorrow!

Night all 😉 See you soon, I promise!

Blogging Update

March 11, 2009

Hi all,

Wanted to post quickly this morning. I’ve decided that posting daily has become too much for me. I don’t find that my weeknight dinners have been interesting lately and I’m not sure this is an engaging style for my (very) few readers. I haven’t been posting daily lately and this is why.

Instead, I’m going to aim to post three times a week – recipes that I’ve found online, ones I’ve made up, baking successes, running (of course). And we’ll see how that goes. 

Thank you 🙂 and see you for my next post!