Monday, July 27, 2009

vegetarian lasagne and cultural change

The introduction to Sunday’s sermon produced a number of requests for the recipe for Steve’s vegetarian lasage.

Slice whole pumpkin into halves. Cook in oven for 60 minutes. Leave to cool, then deseed and de-skin. Set aside.

Slice onion and garlic. Cook in oil. Add finely chopped celery, then grated carrot. After a few minutes, add paprika, chili powder, oreganon, followed by tomatoes. Simmer, the longer the better.

Sweat silver beet, spinach and brocolli for a few minutes in the microwave, in a covered container.

Make a white sauce by melting butter, mixing with wholemeal flour. Slowly add milk. Toward completion, add pinches of nutmeg.

Layer the lasagne. Start with the tomato mix, followed by sheets of pasta and white sauce. Add slices of cooked pumpkin, sweated silver beet, spinach and brocolli. Add another layer of tomato mix, pasta sheets and white sauce.

Top with grated cheese and crumbed nacho chips. Cook for about 60 minutes. (If smart, you will at the same time, cook the pumpkin for the next lasagne, which can then be frozen).

Note that in this recipe, the following are all homegrown: pumpkin, onion, carrot, celery, silver beet, spinach, brocolli and tomato.

And for those who weren’t around on Sunday morning, here is the introduction to the sermon, on the subject of being culture-makers in mission:Tomorrow night I will make my family Steve’s vegetarian Lasagne. It’s my day off and I will pick my 3 different types of silver beet and 2 types of broccoli from my garden. Add the onions I’ve grown over summer. I’ll make a white sauce and a tomato puree, with a dash of chilli and a splash of mushrooms. I will layer it and top it with cheese, mixed with nacho chips, all crumbled up.

When it’s ready, when the smell of home cooked lasagne has spread throughout the house, I’ll set the table. Might even get out a special tablecloth and light candles.

The Taylor family will sit around the table. And we’ll say grace, probably by asking each other – what we are giving thanks for about the day. Then we’ll eat.

There is however, one problem with this rose-tinted, imaginary picture of Taylor family bliss. You see, in real life, one of my kids doesn’t like mushrooms. So as the meal is placed before her, she will have a number of choices ….

Posted by steve at 09:36 PM

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll certainly try it. Thanks even more for Bible Days which have been such a blessing to us!

    Comment by Maureen — July 29, 2009 @ 8:41 am

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