To Eat or Not to Eat!? – Secret Recipe

Last Saturday, we took a quick trip to Shangri-La Mall.  We ate dinner at Secret Recipe to try it out.  We ordered Irish lamb shank (P485) & lasagna (P185-P190).

 

Lasagna was something I’d order again.  They bake their own bread and it did taste good.  Something different.
They also serve bread together with this lamb shank and surprisingly, it tasted real good!  Meat was also soft.  Something to come back for.

 

Then ordered fish and chips for the kids to share.  It was cute coz it had alphabet fries which they loved.  I wasn’t able to taste the fish so I can’t say if it was worth it or not.

Overall, it would be added to the list of restaurants we’d go to when in Shangri-La Mall.

Me vs. Cooking – Tried to Bake Lasagna

Lasagna’s been my favorite dish for the longest time.  I’d order it in every restaurant that served them.  One day, when Chesca began to be a picky eater, I thought maybe she was just sick of the normal rice, soup, and meat we feed her.  So I tried making lasagna for her.  I went to the grocery and bought lasagna pasta and ground meat.  Then I remembered, I still din’t have a recipe to cook lasagna so I didn’t know what other ingredients I needed.  Good thing, in the lasagna box, there was a recipe to guide me 🙂

I bought other ingredients we didn’t have at home.  But of course there were some cheeses that weren’t available in the grocery store so I just stuck with cheddar and quick melt cheese.  Then I also tweaked the recipe a bit coz it had sooo much cheese in it.  I added all-purpose cream to lessen cheese in the bechamel sauce.  ‘Coz in the recipe it just had 5 cups of milk,butter,  flour, A LOT of cheese, and some spices.

For the meat portion of the lasagna, I just put in ground beef, tomato sauce, broccoli, & mushrooms.   Pre-heated the oven to 280 degrees.  I layered the boiled lasagna pasta into 2 pyrex containers.  Layering went like this:

Tomato sauce, pasta, meat mixture, bechamel, grated cheese

Then pasta again, meat, bechamel sauce, grated cheese, then repeat these layers oen more time.

I drizzled tomato sauce on the top layer into a zigzag for a bit of design (so i thought).

This is how it turned out. The top seemed burned a bit but it tasted fine 🙂
Well one of my kids & husband loved it. But Chesca only ate 2 spoons and still didn't want to eat anything for that day...Oh well, it was worth a try.

What I realized during this experience:

1.  It’s quite time consuming to make lasagna with all the preparation.

2.  You need to be patient.

3.  If you’re a lazy cook, just buy lasagna 🙂