You know how sometimes you think something is a good idea at the time? Well, Resident Chef and I can attest that those sorts of things aren't always the wisest course of action. We have been searching for a good cleaner for the tile and grout in our bathroom - imagine probably 50 years of the same tile and it's rather gross in places despite our best efforts to clean it. Well....I happened to be in a professional cleaning supply store and noticed that they had a product labelled for just that purpose. Score!! Well...yeah....it was a score UNTIL I sprayed the stuff onto the tile this morning....and darned near choked to death. That stuff is vile!!!!! Poor Resident Chef was in nearly the same state all the way out in the living room - and that was just from a small amount of spray. Imagine what would have happened had I carried on and done the whole tile surface. The label directions said to leave the product on the surface for a 'few moments' before rinsing it off - well, it was on there for a whole lot more than a 'few moments' because there was no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks I was setting foot in that bathroom until I could breathe. And....after all that....the tile looks the same. Our lungs have been exercised though, so I guess there's that.
I know many of you are dealing with an over-abundance of zucchini right now so I thought I'd share one of our favourite recipes.
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. cottage cheese
1 pkg. spinach, cooked & drained well
1 lb. mozzarella cheese
1 lb. hamburger
1 large onion, chopped
1 - 8oz. can of tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. each salt, oregano & thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper
Cut zucchini into thin lengthwise slices and place in plastic bag. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. salt and leave for approx. 2-3 hours. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with paper towels. Don't overlook this step because otherwise the lasagna will be over-liquid.
Saute hamburger & onion. Add tomato sauce, salt & pepper, oregano & thyme and simmer 5 minutes. Combine eggs, cottage cheese, well-drained spinach and half the mozzarella cheese. Layer in 9x13" pan.... 1/2 meat mixture; 1/2 zucchini slices; all of the spinach mixture; 1/2 zucchini slices; 1/2 meat mixture; and remaining mozzarella. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for a further 45 minutes. Allow to stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Today's quote..."Strong women don't have attitudes, they have standards"