Spring Vegetable Lasagne; Bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies

I’ve got news for you, Mr. Nice-Guy Know-It-All from the garden store:

IT DIDN’T WORK!

Forgive me for shouting, but I have now spent yet another 25 Euros for a fool-proof method of keeping the bunnies out of my garden.

It kept the fools out….. But not the rabbits.

The first thing I tried was a powder that a nice man told me would absolutely work.

I dutifully sprinkled it everywhere I should, inhaling the noxious powder.

Rabbits dutifully ignored it.

The second thing I tried were pellets that another nice man told me would positively work.

I confidently made a line of pellets everywhere I should.

Rabbits confidently crossed said line.

This last nice man pooh-poohed the recommendations of the first two, saying, but of course they didn’t work!

You must use this.  This will work.

His recommendation involved soaking string in a smelly, oily substance, then tying the string to posts all around the area I wanted to protect.

Naturally the oily string must never touch skin.

Have you ever tried to manipulate 15 meters of dripping wet string and tie it around posts – with garden gloves on?  And keep it from ending up a ball of knots?   And then do it 4 more times?

I persevered.

I was pleased.

I put it around the potager where they had been nibbling the lettuce; and around the herb garden where they had dug up the chives.

I thought we had plugged up all the bunny holes in our front garden (yard), but every morning the little darlings dug in the cow trough by the front door that I had filled with flowers.

Every morning.

The same place.

Every morning.

I put in little stakes and tied the string around the flowers.

Peace at last.

Four mornings in a row…. Undisturbed.

Yesterday I commented that it seemed to be working.

This morning the hole was bigger and deeper than ever before and the rabbit was still there, looking at me, with dirt covered paws, grinning.

Do you think the Bunny Mafia gets a commission on all the Anti-Lapin products

sold?

And what are they digging for?  Fun?  To torment me?  Because they can?

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Is nothing sacred?

Apparently not because I just put asparagus in the lasagne….

As well as spinach and green garlic…. It’s Spring!

It was good.

I’m sending it over to Susan, at The Well-Seasoned Cook for inclusion in this week’s Presto Pasta Nights.

This event was started over 3 years ago by Ruth, of Once Upon A Feast.

There have been lots and lots of wonderful pastas over the years….

I wonder if I could send a rabbit to everyone….

Lasagne with Spring Vegetables

Spring Vegetable Lasagne

12 – 15 sheets ‘no-cook’ lasagna noodles
5oz (150gr) ham
1 chicken breast, boneless, skinless
3oz (150gr) fresh spinach
6oz (175gr) asparagus
4 green garlic
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup (8oz, 240gr) tomato sauce
15oz (450gr) whole tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp paprika
6oz (175gr) ricotta
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1 1/2 cups (12oz, 350gr) milk
3/4 cup (3oz, 90gr) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Trim and slice green garlic.  Cut chicken and ham into small pieces.  Trim asparagus and slice into 1/4″ rounds.
Heat half of the oil in a large nonstick skillet.  Add the chicken, green garlic, paprika and  sauté until chicken is cooked through.  Remove and set aside. 
Add the remaining oil to the skillet along with the ham and asparagus.  Sauté until ham is hot and asparagus is crisp-tender.  Remove from heat and set aside.
Roughly chop tomatoes.  Combine tomatoes, juices and tomato sauce in a small saucpan.  Add herbs and bring to a simmer.  Keep hot.
For the Béchamel sauce:  In another small saucepan heat the butter over low heat. Add flour and
stir with a whisk for 1 minute. Add a little (1/4 cup) of the milk and
whisk to combine. Turn heat up to medium and keep adding milk, a little
at a time and whisking. You should have added all of the milk in a
minute or two. When all of the milk is in, bring to a boil, whisking. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan.

To assemble: in an square, 10 X 10 (25 X 25cm) or oblong baking dish, 9 X 11, (22 X 27cm) make the following layers:

1/3 Béchamel sauce
lasagne noodles, breaking them to get good coverage
All of the chicken and green garlic
1/2 tomato sauce
noodles
All of the ricotta
All of the spinach  pressing it down to fit
1/3 Béchamel sauce
noodles
All of the ham and asparagus
Béchamel sauce
noodles
1/2 tomato sauce

Cover and bake 400F (200C) for 25 minutes, or until noodles are done. Test in center with a sharp knife. Uncover sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and bake 5 minutes longer to brown. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into squares (or oblongs) and serve.

13 thoughts on “Spring Vegetable Lasagne; Bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies”

  1. Personally I think bunnies & squirrels are in a contest to see which one can prove themselves to be the most perplexing to humans.
    Asparagus looks so good in the lasagne!

  2. Poor Katie – and if truth be told I was expecting a rabbit lasagna. That said, I’m glad it’s veggies.
    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  3. Yes I agree with Helen. Nothing will deter the rabbits other than having their friends in a hearty stew:D Is rabbit good on the BBQ:D If Mr. Thyme for Cooking is finished renovating he can prepare them. I am only kidding poor bunnies, but your lasagne sounds delectable and wearing it’s Spring coat.

  4. Any way you could put out a bowl of rabbit food or veggie scraps to divert the beasties, get their bellies full of easy grub so that they won’t touch your stuff? Just a thought.
    But don’t put out this colorful lasagna for them. Save this all for us. : )
    Thanks, Katie, for your PPN recipe!

  5. I loved this post, but the piece de la resistance was the bunny mafia part! Loved it! Good luck, I hear dogs are good for scaring them off (at least they are with gophers or prairie squirrels as they go by in Minnesota)!

  6. This looks heavenly! Love the addition of spinach and asparagus.
    Saw two bunnies (probably jack rabbits) chasing each other last week at work. I work out in the country in the redwoods, so we see lots of wild things. Never saw them chase each other…it was cute!

  7. Mmmmm!!! J’adore lasagne!
    And doesn’t this battle with the bunnies sound familiar? We have a similar on-going battle with squirrels, raccoons and possibly skunks.
    We finally managed to stop them from getting into the composter. Well, when I say “we” of course I mean “he”. My husband devised the plan: using an old bicycle inner tube like a giant elastic band, he put it over the door to the composter. It’s hard for me to remove the inner tube and virtually impossible for varmints (I think…).
    Good luck with the chicken wire! It sounds like a much safer (for you anyway) solution than stinky string that you mustn’t touch.

  8. I just love a good vegetable lasagne. When I first read your title, was thinking maybe there might be some rabbit in there too.
    When we had wild pigs tramping through our garden, a guy at the market told me to scatter smelly fertilizer around the perimeter. Don’t know if it would work with bunnies though.

  9. Helen, I’m just no good at the killing and skinning part.
    Tanna, funny, we have no squirrels – I’m told they were all eaten during the War.
    Ruth, I like rabbit – that I buy all cut-up!
    Ina, mon mari loves it, so I buy lots – then have to be creative!
    Val, are good on the BBQ… and, not that they are threatening ‘his’ sweetcorn he’s talking gun….
    Susan, actually, they are moving to the farmer’s corn field…. there may be hope for my little plot.
    Zoomie, we have raptors, but they’re not doing anything. And there used to be fox…. no more.
    Thanks, Kiki!
    Kirsten, my dogs are too old to catch them – and the bunnies have figured that out – now they tease.
    Elle, I see cute every morning from my bedroom window – but not just 2, more like 20. Happy to share.
    Elizabeth, yeah, the string was awful. The last resort would be elctric fence. That would make my vegetables very, very expensive! At some point one must concede defeat and get on with life – but not yet!
    Claudia, so far none of the ideas, other than fence, have worked. Catnip was supposed to keep them out – they ate it!

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