This polenta lasagne is a version of lasagna with polenta providing the "pasta" layer. It can be made with beef or in this case it was made with a medley of mushrooms. It has plenty of creamy cheesy bechamel and oodles of strings of melted cheese too!
I first tried something like this in Sonoma County recently. It was a vegetarian dish, a solid cake of polenta but it tasted just like lasagna. We ordered it out of curiosity but found it was so delicious that I mentally earmarked myself to make it for Nina for one of our crap movie nights as she can't eat a lot of flour and would hopefully love it.
Our crap movie nights started off a while back. We go over to Nina and Garth's apartment as they have subscriptions to all the streaming programs and they prefer not to leave their dog Marley alone at night. It's all about comfort, I go over with no makeup and we wear chunky jumpers or sweats and one of us cooks. Well Nina doesn't cook but she orders food in but we pretend that she has cooked an elaborate Japanese or Vietnamese feast.
Me: "Nina, for someone that doesn't like cooking you really cook up an amazing feast!"
Nina: "I know, I just whipped this up in no time. I'm just talented that way".
And nobody acknowledges that she ordered the food. It's better that way.
On the first crap movie night we watched Sharknado, a truly terrible movie. We also watched bits of The Room, or what some might consider to be the worst movie of all time. Have you ever seen it? The wooden acting from the main character has to be seen to be believed. It's one of those films that has become a cult film because of how bad it is and in Sydney it is shown at the Cremorne Orpheum where the audience throw plastic spoons at the screen. The list of the cinema's house rules gives you an indication of the crowd, completely flawed acting and dismal plot.
We had our bar set pretty high after that (or really pretty low) and this crap movie night we decided to watch Piranha DD-that's the sequel to Piranha. The difference was the DD which means more large boobs. I am not even kidding. There are even Brazilian bikini waxes in this (that was a surprise!).
We intended to watch just the first 15 minutes but before long we realised that we were actually enjoying the movie in a way. It was...compelling? The best part was when David Hasselhoff made an appearance and Garth discovered his admiration for David Hasselhoff (I think he wants to invite him into the "Wolf pack", his club with Mr NQN).
There was a scene where the Hoff was running with his furry moobs jiggling and I swear the oddest man crush evolved right there and then. Garth then insisted that we watch clips of The Hoff in his prime and then music videos. "Don't you think he's a good looking guy?" he asked me and Nina. We'd look back at him with a combination of horror and pity.
I think we left Garth in the midst of adding some of The Hoff to his Spotify playlist. And we gave them the rest of the lasagna so Nina could pretend to have cooked it.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you ever have crap movie nights? Have you ever seen The Room? What is the worst movie you've ever seen>?