The Re-make of the Casserole!

Last night I finally worked up enough courage to re-attempt cooking a casserole. (If you recall, back here my last efforts were somewhat explosive!) The whole idea of trying again terrified me. That’s normal…isn’t it? I mean, wouldn’t YOU be terrified of history repeating itself and both casserole and dish blasting to smithereens all over the inside of the oven AGAIN?! Rather unnerving prospect. And so I kept putting it off.

It’s not that I didn’t want to cook. I like cooking…just not casserole! (Well, to be perfectly honest I like cooking casserole too. I just don’t like the explosions!) And I definitely wanted to EAT casserole. I was just terrified. Of what I don’t know. More cleaning perhaps? Or having to buy another casserole dish?

At any rate, I finally got up the courage to try again. I was actually almost as excited as last time I tried this. Except for the terror in the back of my mind. But I soldiered on anyway. Vegies chopped – check. Herbs chopped – check. Different casserole dish (this time a tried and tested one which so far has never exploded!) – check. I put the casserole in the dish and this time, as a precautionary measure, I put the casserole in a cold oven and then turned it on.

I was a little nervous at first and kept listening for an explosion. Fortunately it never came. When the casserole was nearly cooked I cracked a couple of eggs into it and waited for them to cook. And then we had casserole! Edible casserole! Casserole that was not blasted all over the inside of an oven! I was excited. And when my husband gave me a big hug and told me I am a really good cook, well, that kinda made it all worthwhile!

Edible casserole!

Edible casserole!

Here’s the recipe for anyone who is interested!

Casserole          (I had enough to serve 3-4 people)

4 tomatoes

1/2 a small onion (could probably have had a little more)

1 zucchini

1 carrot (next time I think I’ll put 2)

1 can kidney beans

3 stalks of fresh parsley

a couple of leaves each of basil and sage

1 tsp vegetable stock powder

1 tsp salt

Pinch of garlic powder (just couldn’t be bothered chopping fresh!)

About 1 cup of pasta sauce (not really necessary, but I thought it would help with flavour since I didn’t have time to cook it for ages)

3 eggs

Chop all vegies into small squares. Finely chop herbs. Add salt, stock powder, garlic powder, and kidney beans, and mix thoroughly. Pop into casserole dish, add a bit of water, and bake until done at 180 degrees. (Mine took about 90 mins.) Make small indents into casserole and add eggs 5-10 minutes before eating.

Serve on a bed of rice (I used Arborio but any rice could be used), and sprinkle with parmesan cheese to taste! Enjoy!

Voila!

Voila!

Also in breaking news, yesterday my blog got it’s first views from Canada! Yay!

Strange things 3 (More aptly, ‘The Great Catastrophe!’)

My last few posts about strange things centred mostly on things I have found in my house. Lately I haven’t found many weird things in my house but I am starting to see and hear strange things. I think I’m slowly going insane. Maybe tiredness is starting to make me see things. I don’t know. But anyway, this morning I saw the postie go past. And then he came past again and stopped at the house across the road. (He hadn’t stopped at all the first time around.) And then he came back again. And again. Three times he came back and put something else in their letterbox! And this was all in the space of about 10 minutes. Either he’s loosing it or I am.

Then this afternoon as the neighbour kids were walking home from school I noticed one of them was wearing a paper bag on her head. Don’t panic people, she wasn’t suffocating. She was wearing it kind of like a chef’s hat. But it wasn’t a hat at all. It was just a regular paper bag. It looked ridiculous and I think if I had been her mother I would have died of shame to find out my daughter was walking around looking like that. Thankfully, I am not her mother.

I’ve also being hearing strange noises coming from the direction of the laundry. Upon closer inspection I discovered that this at least was not a figment of my imagination. It happened to be one disturbed budgie attempting to chew through her cage bars in order to access the outside world.

But all of this was nothing compared to what happened as I was cooking dinner tonight. My husband rang to tell me what time he would be home and so I decided I had time to make a casserole. I chopped vegies and herbs, turned the oven on, mixed everything all up, put it into a pyrex dish, and popped it in the oven. It was all going marvellously! After a quick scan of Facebook I went to water the pot plants. I filled up the watering can and as I did so I heard an alarming smash. At first I couldn’t work out what it was. Then it hit me and I ran to the oven. Glass and casserole everywhere. I turned the oven off and then in a panic I texted my mum – mums always know what to do! Her only suggestion was to leave the door closed in case it smashed further and sent glass all over the floor.

In a rather frazzled state I have managed to quickly chop vegies and defrost patties. It’s certainly not as exciting as casserole was going to be, but it is food nonetheless. All is not lost!

My poor exploded casserole!

My poor exploded casserole!

Except for maybe my oven. But hey, I had been wondering what to do tomorrow!