MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

We've survived - barely....and a recipe

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.


ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

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.  



 - THESE are touted as being Christmas birds, but they can be for anytime of the year I think!

- Lots of great fabric art to be seen in the galleries HERE.

- There are some fun cowl patterns HERE that would be great to knit for fall/winter.  The same site has some great basic tutorials for knitting with lots of great tips.  Go HERE to see those.

- Lots of star quilt patterns HERE!

Today's quote..."Strong women don't have attitudes, they have standards"

14 comments:

  1. Oh that's awful about that tile cleanser....there should be a warning on the label--
    hope you are both ok...hugs, Julierose

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    1. We're fine - but we certainly did a lot of coughing and hacking for awhile! That stuff is vile.

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  2. How awful! I'm glad you two are all right.

    Thank you for the recipe! I've been hesistating on what to substitute for flour pasta. Zucchini is perfect.
    Here's a link to a blog that has a link to the recipe for zucchini tots!
    https://fabricpaperthread.blogspot.com/2020/08/of-food-and-flowers-and-pie-crust.html

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    1. Just be sure to salt the zucchini first - it removes a ton of excess moisture and that's needed in this recipe. Thank you for the link - I checked and found she also had a recipe for a Savoury Zucchini Bread and that's been printed off and is heading into Resident Chef's capable hands.

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  3. Oh, I really expected you to say that the tile was REALLY clean! Bummer. All pain and no gain!

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    1. How I wish the tile was clean - would have made all the breathing difficulties worthwhile. Definitely was a bummer!

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  4. well after all it put you through the least it could have done was clean the darn tile! I didn't have any luck with my garden this year. I just wasn't able to devote the time to it that it deserved.....The star quilts are amazing and so is the work of the fabric artist.....

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    1. Well, it did clean the tile okay but not the grout which was what I was hoping for. One of these days I guess I'll have to buy some grout paint and spend some time with a teeny little paintbrush and probably make it look worse! Sorry about your garden - seems like it's feast or famine with those this year.

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  5. What an awful experience! Just glad that you both survived in one piece! Some of these chemicals are so dangerous, I really don't think they should be selling them. Hugs Christine xx

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    1. You can be sure I won't be buying that stuff again! I suppose it might have been better had our bathroom had a window I could have opened but such is not the case. Good ol' Javex bleach is better than that stuff!

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  6. Yes, I was really hoping it cleaned the grout for you after that. Yikes! I love those little Christmas Birds. I've saved the link!

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    1. Alas the grout survived the onslaught better than we did - at least for a little while anyway. I guess, after nearly 50 years in place, the grout deserves to look a little tired. Glad you liked the wee birds.

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  7. My opinion: all toxic / scented products should be taken off the market! There, my rant. Glad you are alright.

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    1. I agree with you - I think that's why so many people have allergies these days (myself included). One wonders what other bad things are happening to our environment because of all the chemicals.

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