So it's not exactly Valentine's Day, but here at Lady Blaga we believe in love every day. Greeting cards, chocolate, teddy bears, and gifts are obviously all nice, but my favorite way to give love is through food.
I began thinking about a V Day food post awhile ago. I enjoy having my mind wander about beautiful things like that. It's one of the healthiest coping mechanisms out there. In a fantastic book I just finished, "Brida" by Paulo Cohelo, he compares thoughts and emotions to wild horses. Beyond true. I have actually begun to visualize myself as a horse tamer, whispering to this row of horses that represent my thoughts. I find this imagery helpful. It's a reminder I am in control of what rents space in my head. Let the horses run free, then gently reign them in and tie them up. I must have needed a positive distraction a couple months ago, which led to coming up with an original idea for a food post that symbolizes love.
Typically, romantic food is centered on dessert. I get it; sweet, indulgent, decadent. Combos of chocolate and berries, vanilla and cream, heart shaped everything. All delicious, all been done a million times. I wanted to be more metaphorical. I thought of what I would want to make for someone to symbolize deep love, the message I would want to send to this special person. It had to be more than just sweet. It had to be deep. It had to have layers. It had to be lasagna.
Love is at once so clean, yet so complex. It is one delicious, magnificent entity comprised of numerous layers, all different yet working together to achieve completion. Love should be comfort food. The very idea of the person you love should feel like home. Their name sounds like what a hug would sound like. They turn the doorknob and your heart leaps a lil bit...
We layer, we pile on, we add, we assemble parts of what we want our love lives to be. Then we put it all together and trust it will turn out the way we dreamed. Spicy, steamy, soft, hot, with the right amount of Valentines Day cheese🧀. We, as individuals, are so damn layered. As part of a couple those layers double. When we can meld our parts with those of another in harmony, that is love. If I made this lasagna for someone, my message would be this: here are my layers, and I want yours too. This recipe is from my aunt L. It's the best I've ever had. I have enjoyed this dish for decades. I still work off the card she wrote out for me for my bridal shower. It gets better each time I make it. Life is layers, chapters, parts, pieces, whatever you want to call it. Just make it meaningful.
I love you more ❌⭕️❌⭕️,
- Lasagna Noodles (uncooked)
- Ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- Spinach chopped box defrosted
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Marinara Sauce
Mix ricotta, spinach, egg, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, and spices in a bowl.
Spray a lasagna pan with pam. Pour a layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan.
Cover with a layer of dry uncooked noodles, and then a layer on top of the ricotta mixture.
Repeat steps until you reach the top of the pan. Finish with a layer of marinara sauce and cheese on top.
Pour 1/3 cup water into each corner of the pan. Bake at 350 for one hour until brown.