Lasagne – a special WDC family tradition
Lasagne has always been an important part of our family’s culinary tradition. But these days making your own lasagne may seem rather quaint. Why bother? You can microwave a ‘ready meal’ version in minutes.
But don’t give up on the idea making your own lasagne. A homemade lasagne will always be special and reward both cook and diners alike.
Lasagne has the wonderful ability to impress with elegance and formality, yet also comfort and assure with casual accessibility. This means it will suit most social gatherings; whether a celebratory event, special occasion or just a weekend family meal. Vegetarian versions are straightforward and satisfying and it’s easy to accessorise, requiring only a big green salad, plenty of fresh crusty bread – and perhaps a good bottle of red wine.
Call your lasagne ‘al forno’
This will lend a traditional and authentic note to the dish, conjuring impressions of Italian bakers’ ovens stacked high with locals’ lasagne. Al forno also hints at other prestigious oven-cooked pasta creations, such as the timbale, which are proudly and ceremoniously paraded at the table.
The ultimate ‘slow food’
Much of lasagne’s appeal is in the recognition of the sustained effort invested in its preparation. Indeed, lasagne is a classic example of the benefits of slow food. If you decide to make lasagne you will need to adapt to its demands. It will need large amounts of time and energy; all the surfaces in your kitchen and most of your cooking equipment and utensils. Further, left in its wake will appear a long trail of dirty pots and pans, tea towels and soiled sundry items.
But don’t we love it for this very reason? Something this special deserves our time and attention – and when we are so well gratified, who cares about a bit of washing up?