Monday, 12 July 2010

Celebrating... Legumes! Celebrating... Pulses!


Being very budget-conscious, and particularly moreso now we've moved house, I'm looking at ways to economise. To tighten our belts.

I'm looking for inspirational (and cheap) recipes that are family friendly. Family friendly is key because I do not want to be whipping up 74 different meals each night.

On the weekend Matt and I bandied together to cook Tessa Kiros' Lentils & Rice. We really didn't need to do it together, and the only reason we did was I was about to walk about the door to go to the book shop once I had cooked the onions. Poor timing on my part. Thankfully my faithful sous chef stepped into his whites and cooked it for me.

Unfortunately dearest Tessa doesn't really clarify whether she's using tinned lentils or dried lentils. It wasn't 'til the end of the recipe - when I came home - when all cooking was done, that I realised she must have used the dry lentils and therefore absorbed much more water. Using tinned resulted in claggy rice and lentils. A (now) delicacy in our house. Delicacy being used very, very loosely.

So today I jumped straight back in and made Tessa's Lentil Soup. It's packed with loads of vegies (carrots, celery, capsicum, onions, cabbage, English Spinach, passata.. Oh yes! YES! Served with a generous slurp of olive oil, it was pretty darn good.
Have you got any favourite lentils, pulses or legumes recipes to share?

10 comments:

Lis said...

red lentil & ham hock soup. mmmmm

Shine Little Light* said...

http://shinelittlelight.blogspot.com/2010/05/grans-winter-soup.html

Check it out. SOOOO easy. SOOOO tasty. *s*

Michele said...

Dahl darl. Will get back to you with the recipe YUM

Tania said...

Pea and ham hock soup. I have ham hock in fridge. I have family clambering for soupy action. But I never want to eat that barley soup I concocted last week again. Like, never, ever, not never again.

Gina said...

My super duper hippy friend is coming over tomorrow to cook me up some lentil concoction. I'll keep you posted! I kinda forgotten about lentils, but they are da bomb.

Our Park Life said...

I love lentils, beans, pulses and anything similar that look great dried in jars (very pretty on the shelf) and taste even better.
We grew a heap of our own last year and just recently made Cuban Black Bean Soup, very good.

I have also got a great recipe for lentil balls with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

I am also loving your blog at the moment and want to give you the Versatile Bloggers Award!

Just follow the link...

http://ourparklife.blogspot.com/2010/07/happy-monday-vba.html

Nic

veri maz said...

I'm a big fan of the food that Jules at The Stone Soup does (plus the noice pix). She often uses lentils etc, check http://thestonesoup.com/blog/lentils/ for just some of what she does...

LuluRedstar said...

french lentils, crumbled fetta, baby beets, red onion, parsley and coriander all doused with garlic/olive oil/mustard/lemon juice...tasty enough for non-beaners.

Carla said...

My neverending lentil and tomato soup in all its variations - starts at the beginning of autumn and keeps on going till we're all sick of it!
I wrote a post about it here (obsessed):
http://www.scruff.co.nz/2010/06/soup-again.html

Bec said...

mmm ... legumes, unfortunately my partner thinks they are hippy food, but I adore them. Hearty red lentil soup... so good you can stand your spoon up in it!