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weekly photo challenge:love

January 25, 2013

I’ve discovered a new setting on my camera (well it’s the Beloved’s camera really, but he upgraded to digital SLR so I’ve taken over the equivalent of a point and shoot) which is a setting for aquariums. (Somehow that word doesn’t look right – aquaria? dunno.)

Anyway, this new setting is good for taking pictures in the semi gloom of the kitchen lit by electric light without using a flash. So I thought I’d give it a try while I cooked lentil dahl and tofu.

Arlo loves tofu – may seem strange for an 11 year old boy, but it’s true. It has to be dragonfly tofu though (I’d put a link, but their site is under construction). He likes it best when it’s cut into strips and lightly fried in olive oil. And he’d eat the whole lot.


I made a dahl too which goes quite well with it. Good simple wholesome (student?)  food.

Wash, then soak a cup of red lentils for an hour. Put in a pan with plenty of water, bring to the boil and then simmer until soft – about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Chop a clove of garlic, a few mushrooms and a red pepper put in a pan with a little oil and cook for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile grate a carrot.

Add a teaspoon if chilli powder, a teaspoon of ground cumin and a teaspoon of turmeric to the peppers etc, stir and cook for a little longer. Add the lentils to this and the grated carrot.

Add a lump (about an inch off a block) of creamed coconut and some salt to taste and slowly cook until the coconut’s dissolved. Remove from the heat. Cut the tofu into small pieces and fry gently in olive oil turning often until it’s golden brown.

dahl-and-ricePlonk the dahl onto a plate, top with tofu and serve with rice and peas.

The picture is minus the tofu because Arlo ate it all. True love.

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