Apologies and Cooking with Puy Lentils

ImageMy apologies for not writing in this blog for so long. I have such a backlog of items from my tour to America and all the places I visited while I was there. The world is certainly changing. You can almost expect to easily find a restaurant that is versed in the ways of the wheat/free gluten free diner. Whether or not the staff is trained accordingly is certainly another matter. But we’ll get onto that in another posting.  Anyway, I’ve been cooking up tonnes of delicious meals lately and tonight I decided to break out a bag of dried puy lentils…an ingredient that I love but rarely use for some reason. Puy lentils come from south central France and are distinctive for their lovely colour and wonderful almost spicy flavour. The great thing about them is that they don’t fall apart as they cook and hold their shape and therefore their texture very well. Tonight I was in a hurry so threw together this very easy veggie and lentil stew.

Puy Lentil and Vegetable Stew

2 tbsp EVOO
2 stalks of celery diced
1 onion diced
1 small carrot diced
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 bay leaves
a couple turns of the pepper grinder
1 cup dried puy lentils (rinsed and drained)
3 cups water
a few fresh tomatoes chopped

Heat EVOO in a small stockpot until medium hot and add celery, onions, carrots, herbs and salt. After you start to smell the herbs, turn down the heat and sautee until the onions go slightly translucent. Add the lentils and stir to coat with the oil and spices. Add your water and tomatoes and cook for about 45 mins when the lentils are soft in the centre. Salt to taste and garnish with some creme frais or plain yogurt.

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CATEGORIES : cuisine, Recipes/ AUTHOR : Lo.

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American born Lobelia isn’t just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original Women of MP3.COM in the early days of the Internet. In the UK for 10+ years now, she hosts several acclaimed songwriter nights at Tower of Song, shortlisted by the PRS as one of Birmingham’s best small venues. She can sometimes be seen performing with celebrated solo? bassist, Steve Lawson. (aka Mr. Lo)An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues.