It's been a hectic few weeks with grad school work and we've been putting off a lot of home cooked meals.
We made baked ziti last night...and a ton of it. We tried this recipe on a whim, we originally wanted to make enchiladas but weren't sure if we'd be able to find tomatillos (or good tomatillos) at our local supermarket.
My favorite part of the prep work was "shredding" the mozzarella. It was messy and left lots of little bits of cheese on my fingers for me to then nibble on.
Simon took charge of the meat. As a former veg, I still get pretty uncomfortable playing around with raw meat.
The sauce got really messy but it smelled delicious. I think we'll use less tomato sauce then the recipe calls for next time. It didn't thicken very well and the dish ended up a little watery when all was said and done.
Nevertheless.....it was/is deliiiiicious!
It seems as though Fall came upon us in full force, so in addition to our warm, hearty dish and our pumpkin beer, we lit our very first fire in our new fireplace. It was wonderful. The room was nice and toasty and there was no problem with smoke, soot, or sparks threatening to set our carpet on fire.
It was all very lovely.