Tasty Lentils and A Very Good Apple Cake.

If you had suggested ten years ago that a lentil dish could win a place on our weekly favourites menu I would have scoffed mightily and asked you to pass the lasagne.

I have a rotating list of meals that I can whack up without actually waking up and these are rotated depending on what’s cheap, what’s in the freezer and which kid asked nicely. Let me think…

Minced Beef: rissoles, meatballs, meatloaf, chilli con carne, lasagne.
Minced Pork: meatballs in broth with noodles, homemade sausages with apple sauce.
Chicken: Roasted or poached into a casserole.
Smoked mackerel with rice and some kind of salsa.
Cod, coley, smoked haddock in a fish pie or milky sauce with rice.
Frozen oven fish, the Friday standby.
Pancetta with fried onions and olives, tomatoes, basil and sweetcorn on salad (summer) or spaghetti (winter) or bulgur wheat (for a change) or quinoa (on a health kick) or rice (Mother Hubbard moment).
Chorizo, as with pancetta.
Pizza : homemade, every second Friday, red onions, black olives. With Coke on birthdays only.
Roast Pork: it’s cheap. Teenage Son hates it and has requested an omelette night instead so we have been giving that a go. I’m not a huge fan of the omelette, They just don’t leave me feeling like I’ve had my dinner. Maybe there’s not enough chewing.

For the most part, that’s what we eat. Frozen peas are added to practically everything. The garden has made a big difference, particularly since we have put an emphasis on growing veggies not always available in the shops; beetroot, turnips, fresh peas, broad beans, chard and kale.

Dear God, I am seriously waffling here. Get to the point. The point is that we have a new dish. Everyone likes it. It’s reasonably healthy. It’s inexpensive. It’s tasty!

A few weeks ago I tried Rachel Allen’s lentil dish. Find it here. She calls it a sweet potato and lentil salad. I have passed by this recipe dozens of times and was never even tempted to give it a go. Here’s how it went:

Week One: kids liked it but vetoed the Feta cheese.
Week Two: No Feta cheese, had it as a side dish with smoked mackerel. Teenage Son termed this a double whammy of yuck. Everyone else still kind of liked it.
Week Three: Mum hits the jackpot: chorizo! It makes everything taste good. They didn’t even object to leeks. Added pesto but it was overkill.IMG_7000
Week Four: threw in some wilted spinach, no-one even noticed (success!). Forgot to take a photo.

So the basic routine is this:

Roast some sweet potato (yam), carrots and/or butternut squash. (leftovers from a roast chicken dinner are grand here).
Fry some chorizo (and maybe a red onion if you like).
Cook some puy lentils. I lit my beloved stove for the first time yesterday and cooked the lentils on top, feeling unbelievably wholesome!
Open a jar of chickpeas (not essential unless you have starving teenagers to fill) Open a jar of pickled beetroot (strangely, these are the most essential ingredient!).
Fire it all together and away you go.IMG_7210

It is unbelievably satisfying.

I’ve been craving walnuts so I made this delicious Torta di Mele with 100g added walnuts. It has lots of apple and only a little olive oil so it’s good; good in every way.  It doesn’t need icing or whipped cream or any accompaniment at all other a decent cup of coffee and an equally good book (P.G. Wodehouse at the moment).

Yesterday’s sunrise moved me to near tears and the sunset was almost as lovely. This October is a wonder. I’m clinging on to it and not thinking about what lies ahead. Here is how the day closed:IMG_7213 IMG_7216 IMG_7222 IMG_7221Enough to make you shake your head and wonder, ‘Who made that?’

9 thoughts on “Tasty Lentils and A Very Good Apple Cake.

  1. Wow great post…I am going to give the lentils ago….no chorizo but bacon will put it just right for my husband….looks yummy and he love pickled beets..and carrots….thanks for the great idea….Rachel Ray does some yummy foods…I am a sunset lover….no matter where we go I have to be able to see the sunset…yours was breath taking…ours have been pretty nice too..I love the autumn sunsets the best of all seasons….have a great weekend…kat

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  2. Oh yeah, we used to have breakfast for dinner every now and then, my mom would make waffles or pancakes and sometimes our favorite, egg pancakes….it helps give you the full feeling I know that your talking about….just a thought….

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      1. more like a crepe batter, heavier on the egg side, my mom made huge ones and the fold them up we would butter and syrup and…mmmmm slup them up…I was at my sister last year and we made them…OMG I think bewtween her husband, her and myself we made the batter 3 times…LOL what pigs we were…but it opened up all sorts of memories for each of us…my sisters liked peanut butter on there’s… heres the closest I could find on utube…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9pdUo8PwBw
        we always added a couple more eggs than this recipe just makes it more eggy….

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      2. I just wrote to my sister to get our recipe I can’t find my little piece of paper had it written on…LOL I will let you know as soon as I get an answer…and yes you should get a waffle iron…check on Amazon…they are wonderful for dinner too!!!

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