Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WWDH - Moussaka



One of my favourite TV shows at present is Silk, the BBC series about criminal defence barrister Martha Costello on her path to becoming a Queen's Counsel (called "taking silk" - hence the name of the series) and her colleagues and clients at Shoelane Chambers in London.  I think that the character of Martha is fantastic, but she lives a pretty hard life - she works all day, then comes home with the next day's brief(s) and starts again, working late into the night.  Martha seems to subsist on a steady diet of beer (she has a built in bottle opener on her fridge), wine and cigarettes, and neither cooking nor eating seems to play a large part in Martha's life.

This week's Wednesday with Donna Hay is a dish that Martha's lifestyle would never give her the chance to make.  Our host, Kayte, chose Moussaka from Modern Classics Book I.

This dish is very tasty - it's tomato-ey, it's cheesy, it's meaty, it's rich.  It is perfect comfort food for a cold night.

The only drawback is the length of time it takes to prepare this dish.  The longest part is preparing the eggplant.  It has to be thinly sliced, salted, left to rest for 15 minutes, rinsed, oiled and lightly fried before it can be used to construct the dish.   

To see what Kayte, Margaret and Chaya thought of this dish, visit their websites on Wednesday, US time.

8 comments:

yummychunklet said...

I love moussaka! It's so good!

Blond Duck said...

I'm so curious. Is it like a lasagna? Greek or Russian?

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh it sounds like a sad existence just having beer and cigarettes! I'd rather have this! :D

Cakelaw said...

@Duckie - It is kind of like lasagne with eggplant instead of pasta - it is a Greek dish.

Lorraine - me too!

Johanna GGG said...

I love moussaka (make mine veg). And I love silk too though I haven't kept up with it. But it does always seem you see these intent tv characters who never have a thing in their fridge and if they start a meal they get distracted. Are there really people like that out there?

Chaya said...

I can't wait to make this.

teaandscones said...

It did take a little time but it was the best moussaka I have made. I love all the cheese on yours.

Sounds like a good show.

Kayte said...

We just loved this, it was sooooo gooood and the fact that it had a much-reduced calorie count was a big plus in my mind. I didn't miss the bechamel at all. Your photo looks wonderful, makes me want to make it again right away.