Last night for something completely different Master Twelve wanted to have a couple of friends around after school and then they stay for dinner. Initially I agreed to them visiting for a couple of hours but no dinner.
“But mum, what about the lazy lasagne you were going to make?” Yep, he had me on that count. There was going to be plenty of food to go around so what was my excuse? There was none so yep, there were two extra for dinner.
When it came time to prepare the feast, I decided I’d switch it up somewhat. Normally my lazy lasagne is simply a Bolognese Sauce mixed with the cooked pasta spread into a baking-dish, then covered with a creamy cheese mixture courtesy of the Miami Maiden. Not this time. No Sir-Ree-Bob. This time I wanted vegetables, something with a little more.
Hence the Four Cheese Grilled Vegetable Pasta Bake was born!
To the usual Bolognese mix I added cooked peas and a medley of grilled chopped vegetables that were left over from a BBQ earlier in the week. As the zucchini had been grilled instead of steamed, it held together so much better in the baking. Something to remember for next time.
But the best part of the meal was when I walked into the kitchen to help Master Twelve with a second serving, I heard his friends back in the dining room nudging each other and exclaiming how good the sauce was. I smiled wider than the Pacific Ocean! 🙂
When you have an audience such as they to cook for, it makes it so worthwhile, just so enjoyable! Its much more pleasant than the eye-rolling things that were at my table recently, grrr. Honestly, if you don’t want dessert politely say you couldn’t eat another thing, don’t roll your eyes. We don’t let the children do it so why should supposed grown-ups be allowed, seriously?!
Anyways, the cooking Goddess within has been awakened after what seems like a decade long hiatus. So here’s a warning – start exercising those eye-balls as I’m only just beginning. There are loads more delights to come girls, so you’d best learn how to speak nicely otherwise you’ll be hearing me groan VERY loudly… “mum, how much longer?”