Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Going Italian

For the Irishman, I made a Western dinner tonight to celebrate his special day. Been meaning to use the white sauce which I brought back from Ireland but it expired two months ago. Boohoo! This is what happens when you have stuff which you keep in the pantry and hope for some special day to use them, and not bothering to check when they expire. Sigh. However, I managed to get a substitute for it. I wonder why they do not sell white sauce here in Singapore. Maybe lasagna is not that popular a dish to cook? Anyway, it's been ages since I made the dish...

I wouldn't dare call these bruschetta as they aren't really. Other than the topping that looks authentic enough, the type of bread used, and the spread, weren't. I found a tub of Boursin herb spread (I had bought the wrong thing at Christmas, meaning to buy the cheese instead), and used that as a spread over the focaccia which I then baked and topped with my seasoned tomatoes. Tomatoes were cut into small pieces and drizzled with good olive oil, seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, and some dried herbs.

For the second lot of focaccia topping, I sliced thinly portobello & brown button mushrooms and saute them in olive oil and garlic till soft. I then placed them on the bread with some mozarella cheese and put to bake. It was so yummy. That was my favourite of the three items.

12 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

We got wishes for you.... Happy Valentine's Day!

Beau Lotus said...

Dear, by white sauce you meant the bechamel? Best to make it yourself! It's very easy so I'm sure you'll get the hang of it quickly.

Happy Bday to your dear Hub, I'm sure he must appreciate the effort you (wonderful wife) have put in for the special occasion :-)

And I love Boursin fromage frais especially the one with herbs! Best to eat it cold though on hot toasts...

Kathryn said...

Hi there,

I am an avid reader of food blogs and your blog is one of my favourite reads.Pardon me for leaving this request on your blog comments as I have no clue how else to go about it.

I saw your entry on lemon cream cheese cupcakes and I followed the link to Peony's blog to get the recipe. I saw lots of fabulous recipes there and tried the peanut cookies which she posted recently.

To my disappointment, her blog is now only open to invited readers only. Can you please ask Peony if I can be one of those priviledged ones to enjoy her blog? (I even created a gmail account just so I can read Peony's blog but to no avail...)

Thanks so much. And do keep the posts and recipes coming!

Cheers,
Kathryn

beachlover said...

what a creamy and lovely dish!!..Now I miss it! hahaha!!..Just less than 2 week in asia,already miss chessy pizza!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

All of these look so yummy too and I love Lasagna.

daphne said...

beautiful dinner. love the look of the pizza and bruschetta. Lucky hubs u got. Hope he enjoyed every bite of that!

Happy V-day!!

Shazz said...

OMG!!!!!I'm drooling. Everything looks so sedap :) And here I am having a vegetarian bak hu (vege floss)sandwich for lunch. Sad really:( Happy Birthday to Jie fu :)

Karen said...

These look DELISH!!!!!! Yummy yum yum!! I can almost smell them! Lucky J!

Maya said...

SEDAP!!!! :D I ve been wanting to make bruschetta for quite some time now. Guess I shd try SOON! Mushrooms luks fabz! I wld love a piece of tht! I wouldnt mind 2, 3 pcs too :P

singairishgirl said...

big boys oven - A happy valentine's day to you guys too. Sorry I'm late, just no time to reply comments. ;)

beau lotus - Yes, bechamel. I tried before a recipe on the back of a lasagna packaging. But sometimes just way lazy to do from scratch. Thanks for wishes for hubs. I love to wrap a stick of asparagus with smoked salmon and spread some black pepper Boursin between them. It's lovely.

kathryn - Thanks for your comments and for your visits. Gosh, it is a real disappointment isn't it? I'm an avid reader of Peony's blog too, and it was very sad the day I clicked on my link and just couldn't get in. :( She did say it before that she wanted to privatise it for the sake of her daughters, so I will respect her wishes. I'm not one to barge in on someone and push my way in. I'm sure she has a valid reason for it. Let's hope maybe one day she might decide to make it public again.

singairishgirl said...

beachlover - Hahaha. You can get cheesy pizza in M'sia too.

little corner of mine - You love lasagna? Maybe it's time to make it for dinner. :)

daphne - Thanks. Yes, he did enjoy the dinner, and so did little one. Happy V-day!

shazz - Oh how sad is that? Err... what does vege bak huh taste like? What's it made from? It does sound sad. Have passed on your wishes to him & he said thanks.

karen - Hey, they are super easy to do. I told you right? Move house also should move nearer to me!

maya - Hehe, help yourself. Yes, you should make them too. You're a great cook. The mushrooms were lovely.

Cranberry said...

Aiyo! I simply love them all! hungry hungry..