Tuesday, May 7, 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.