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August 7, 2012

Beef Lasagna

Tomorrow is D day - Dimitri's wisdom teeth (all 4 & 2 others !) extraction ... I was fine until yesterday (I thought), when I really started to worry - I don't like the idea of anaesthesia. Fortunately, Roy could shuffle his clients and he can go with us.

I have never left my kids alone in a hospital - not even one minute, one of us were always there - and even though Dimitri's 20, he is still my little boy and Cheri is still our baby-girl. 

Ok, now you know where I'll be tomorrow :-(  ... but I'm taking my laptop with...

We live in Gauteng, a.k.a. The Highveld - it never snows here ... I only remember once, back in September 1981. It snowed for about two days and that was it.

Guess what happened today !! Unbelievable, really - it SNOWED {right... not much, but still} The TV news, radios, Facebook everybody went snow-beserk - My poor doggies had no clue about what was happening, shame, I kept them inside but had to let them out every now and then - they were taking such high steps, looked like models learning to walk, haha..

Since Rex's first day with us, he assumed the gas heater as his property - here he is with his blanky, toy and cushion - he really had a problem with the weather today...

Our only doggie girl, Chichi, - think she's trying to ask me about the weather {and Rex won't share his spot in front of the heater with her or any of the other three doggies}

Dimitri on the left, and another two pics with his friend Jacobus {during the snowfall} - see.., I told you we're not used to snow! Of course I took many more pics, but I'm really not going to bore you with any more.

Now, we can get to the recipe today:

Beef Lasagna

slightly adapted by me from this cookbook: GESINSKOS by Christelle Erasmus

250g Lasagna Sheets, Spinach or Plain
2 Onions, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 t Garlic, crushed
1 TB Oil
750g Ground Beef
2 cans (115g each) Tomato Paste
2 t Sugar
3/4 cup Boiling Water
1/2 TB Dried Oreganum
1 t Seasoning, Aromat or Fondor
1/4 cup Chutney

6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk

Cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top

1.) *No need to switch on the oven yet - Spray a 20 x 30cm oven dish with Spray 'N Cook.
2.) Saute the Onion, Green Bell Pepper and Garlic in the Oil until soft. Add the Ground meat and stir-fry until brown.
3.) Meanwhile, mix the Tomato Paste, Sugar, Boiling Water, Oreganum, Seasoning and Chutney in a separate bowl. Add to the Meat mixture - stir well and let simmer 5 minutes.
4.) In a microwave-able measuring jug (at least 1 liter capacity), melt the Butter in the microwave oven - add the Flour and stir until a paste has formed - add the Milk (little at a time) to the paste, make sure to scrape the sides and bottom. Microwave the White sauce mixture until thick - stir every few minutes to prevent lumps.
5.) Pour 1/3 of the White sauce on the bottom of the prepared oven dish, followed by a single layer of Lasagna sheets, 1/2 of the Meat mixture over the Lasagna sheets, repeat steps ending with a layer of White sauce. Sprinkle top with Cheddar cheese. Set aside for 30 minutes.*
6.) As soon as the Cheddar is sprinkled over the top - Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F).
7.) After 30 minutes, place the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
8.) Remove from oven - wait 5 minutes before serving.

*I started using this 30 minute "waiting" period since the first time I made Lasagna - no need to cook the sheets first and also not an oven on for ages. The sheets soften in the White sauce and Meat mixture during the 30 minutes and cook completely soft in the 25 minutes in the oven.


Linking up with these cool parties:


  1. Wow, you are one party girl (all of those party linkups).

    Popping in from the Blog Star linkup.

  2. One of my favs. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Hello.
    Visiting from Kathe's blog hop.

    With all these blog parties, do you sleep? LOL
    I love beef, but we don't have it often because my wife doesn't like red meat. Just yesterday we had chicken lasagna for dinner. I had leftovers for my lunch today at work. It was delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    E is for: The Eyes Of Life

    1. Hi Andy, I actually do get my 8 hours of sleep a night otherwise I will not be able to attend all these .. - It's really amazing what one finds out there! Thanks for stopping by,
      ps: for your wife if she's interested have a look at this recipe of mine:

  4. Linda,
    This lasagna looks delicious! We love a good beef lasagna around here. Hopefully all went well with Dimitri's teeth. My daughter had hers out in January. Not fun. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday this week.


    1. Thanks Michelle - all had gone well with Dimitri, but good gracious..! .. did he sound like a sailor when he woke up .. and this is my child that does not like to use swear Have a great weekend,

  5. It does me no good to look at link parties when I'm hungry because now I'm starved, lol. This looks delicious =) Thoughts with you and Dimitri.

    Visiting from Shaken Together

    1. Kristin, I hear you - that is the ONLY problem I have with link parties .. I'm always hungry/drooling! Dimitri has healed up nicely without any problems, thank you for your thoughts.

  6. Lasagna is such comfort food - What a great meal for a snowy day! Hope all went well with your son! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! Hope to see you Tuesday :) Love Bakes Good Cakes

  7. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Gotta try this recipe!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  9. Hi Linda,
    Did you at least have fun with the snow. I live in Denver, sometimes we get a lot of snow and sometimes just a little. It is always nice if we don't have to go anywhere. At first when I was reading your post, I was thinking "wait it's summer" then I realized where you were. I hope your son's oral surgery went okay. Thank you for linking this post with Wednesdays Adorned From Above last week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    P.S. I love your dogs

    1. Agh, the snow was such a little, as soon as it hit the ground, it melted away. Dimitri's surgery went very well, thanks (and these 2 doggies are just part of a clan of 5 - we adore dogs!)

  10. Looks like comfort food to me! Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays.


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