Thursday, April 06, 2017

Lentil Expiation

You know which part of a cold I love? The part where you think you're getting better, but then the inside of your mouth and your tongue get covered in cold sores. Because, hey, why enjoy a good meal if you can be in constant pain instead, right?

So, yeah, I've been busy kvetching and also running around trying to get ready for this train trip. I am hauling along a veritable pharmacy of OTC medications, so I don't have to spend the one day I have in any particular city hunting for the local CVS.

These were complicated.
Oh, and then yesterday I was reading the Food section of our newspaper and I saw a lentils-and-rice recipe that I decided to try. Which might make sense, except I've never met a vegetarian lentil recipe that I've liked, so I have no idea why I thought this time might be any different. Or why I thought I had the time to mess around with a recipe that instructs the cook to let the sliced onions air dry for an hour before frying them in half a cup of oil. OR... well, you get the picture.

It didn't taste too bad, really. But it was still lentils and rice, and I don't see any of my vegetarians begging to eat it again today. The bright side is that I can spend the next 4 months or so resting on my laurels, as it were. You see, I usually feel guilty (because that's a whole lot of fun) about not trying new recipes. But now I can dispense with the remorse over my disinterest in new cuisines; instead, I can recall this unfortunate foray into fancy-cooked onions and smile contentedly at the thought of my culinary derring-do.

It's like a short-term vaccination against guilt, that's what it is.


  1. First, I love your title! So appropriate for this time of year.

    I'm sorry you are not feeling well.

    Lentils and rice doesn't sound too bad compared to my husband's (The Dreaded) Lentil Loaf.

    My father made the most delicious dal (Indian lentil soup) but I have never been able to duplicate it. I think making something great out of lentils is a difficult task. I also have had little luck with tofu.

  2. I like lentils, but didn't have a good recipe for them that I liked, until I tried one to make for my daughter - she's a hippie vegan. It has cumin and curry in it and now it's the only way I make them. Hope you feel better before your trip!

  3. "It's like a short term vaccination against guilt" I love this! LOL. Hope you feel better very soon and have a great train trip!

  4. Air dry the onions?? Some recipe writers are just dumb. I think sometimes they want to make things more complicated than they need to be to sound more impressive.

  5. Yes, please -- I *would* like a vaccination against guilt!
    My husband's grandparents farmed wheat and lentils. I will see if we have any good vegetarian recipes for lentils.
    Packing ALL the medications means you won't need them. It's good insurance.


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