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Elemental lentil attraction…

April 16, 2012

Arlo and the beloved went back to school today after the Easter holidays. Neither was looking forward to it much. Poppy has run out of money on her foreign  travels so is scavenging food from skips in Paris and generally living the life of a down and out, so not a lot of fun to be had there.  The rabbit won’t go outside, even though the weather is lovely and there are lots of dandelions in the garden she could eat, and prefers to get under my feet – literally. Hermione doesn’t want to play much either and wouldn’t go in her plastic ball this evening – she dashed out to get the peanet I offered her and then scuttled back to her fluffy bedding carrying it in one of her pouches. I heard her scratching frantically at the bottom of the cage trying to get out. Such a lot of dysfunction!

Must be time to make lentil curry.  Lentils are very soothing. There’s something about them which is therapeutic. Could be that they’re cheap and nutritious , yet you can make something delicious with them – but I think there’s more to it  than that, something deep; the unfathomable elemental lentil attraction. Enough? Probably.

Lentil curry. Wash then soak a cup of red lentils in water for an hour or so (to reduce cooking time). Chop up some vegetables. I usually use onion and garlic and then whatever I have, usually carrot and mushrooms  – and this time cauliflower. Cook them until they’re done. Cover the soaked lentils in water then cook until they’re soft – they need to turn into a puree when you stir them (drain some water out if they’re too wet). Add a tablespoon of tomato puree to the lentils and a heaped teaspoon of harissa or other chilli paste. (Don’t add tomatoes to lentils before the lentils are properly cooked because it makes them gritty and they take ages to cook.) Then add the cooked veg to the lentils and heat together for a few minutes. Add a little salt, and a spoonful of apricot jam – or something sweet. Put some curry spices in a frying pan (I used a teaspoon each of cumin seeds, yellow and black mustard seeds, turmeric,  mild curry powder and a generous pinch of cayenne pepper) and heat for a few minutes shaking them about a bit and then add a tablespoon of oil and fry the spices. Add these to the lentil mix, stir well and heat through. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt (soya if you want it vegan) sprinkled with some ground coriander and cinnamon and some nan bread.

(No – Poppy’s not really scavenging out of bins – I sent money)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. jessica meredith permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:41 pm

    You’ve sent Poppy money and cleaned her room?Kate you’re on a slippery slope!
    Pretty photos today and great title too,the Quince is in blossom at dartington they’re
    beautiful and i think the weather at the moment lends itself to the pursuit of outdoor
    painting.

  2. jessica meredith permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:44 pm

    Don’t know why print did that? ,it looks like an E.e Commings poem now,though sadly
    as good.

  3. jessica meredith permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:45 pm

    It’s done it again!

  4. jessica meredith permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:46 pm

    I meant to say NOT as good,i think i’d better go.

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