Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta & Lentils (and The Exorcist)

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Ok you guyz, I am pretty proud of this (ridiculously round) lasagne, but I am basically so full of love for the extended cut of The Exorcist on blu-ray right now, I'll probably gush about that at least as much, if not more.

Firstly, pre-used blu-rays from = AMAZINGLY CHEAP. I got The Exorcist, The Omen and The Innocents for less than £20 total. This will assist with my Vegan MOFO theme tremendously.

Let's get this lasagne over with first though: I was mega inspired by this other Vegan MOFO post I spotted on Lita's World.....

Also my only square oven dish is HUGE so I had to use a silly round dish.

My bottom layer was brown lentil 'meat': I used brown lentils in a tomato sauce, sautéed with finely chopped onion, some onion gravy powder, smoked paprika and a little mushroom ketchup.

I made a tofu ricotta with silken tofu, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

And finally I made a ratatouille layer with orange and red tomatoes, courgettes, aubergine, onion and garlic.

I topped the lasagne with grated soya smoked cheese from Tesco.

Above you can see Vulpe's very best "PLEASE MAY I HAVE SOME" face. How could I say no? She was especially fond of the tofu ricotta.

So there is, in my opinion, a reason why The Exorcist is regarded as one of the seminal horror films of our time. I have a massive soft spot for religious horror, but no-one has ever done it better than William Friedkin & William Peter Blatty. For me, the film would be nothing without Jason Miller as Father Karras. Let's be honest, all the ladies were a little bit in love with him right? And the men, right?

There's also something special about a golden era where MDs can walk into their office to give a Mother a serious diagnosis, lighting up a cigarette at the same time.
These videos of audience reaction are pretty famous these days, but I was interested to hear that in reality, most of the fainting/puking/leaving the cinema happened in reaction to the scenes of Regan's medical tests, rather than her possession, though I'm sure the infamy was tremendously good marketing.

Like a lot of my favourite horror films, this is the sum of its very well put together parts, and even though so many of the scenes have been satirised to all heck since, it still stands up pretty darn well compared to a lot of the religious horror that's been churned out since.


  1. That looks absolutely delicious! I like the round bowl. And Vulpe is killing me with cuteness. I'd like to see her with her head out of a car window, enjoying the breeze!

    1. Thanks Helen :D Vulpe LOVES to stick her head out of the window. Oh man, it's one of her favourite things ever. Here's the closest I have to that!

      If you are a big Vulpe fan though, check out her blog :D (if you head to the Timeline you can find cute puppy pics).

  2. Yum, I love lasagna! Now I want to make a round one, too, but the only round dish I have is a glass pie plate, so I guess it will be lasagna pie! Aww, Vulpe looks so sweet with her one ear flopped down; she seemed happy to get some of the tofu ricotta. :)

    *hops over to Vulpe's blog and is overwhelmed by so much cuteness in one place*

    1. Lasagna pie sounds pretty good to me! :D

  3. Looks great and I'm intruiged by the mushroom ketchup! The bottle looks similar to Hendersons but I'm guessing they taste pretty different?

    1. Ooh I've never heard of Henderson's - is that another mushroom ketchup? It's probably most similar to worcestershire sauce I think :)