Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm back! And I made you something to eat.

So it's been awhile. I planned on playing catch up on all my life happenings, but it turns out I didn't have much to report, so I decided to share with you the one thing that rarely changes around here; good food. I'm really good at eating, so we'll just talk about that. Most of my meals are what I call "bowl meals" which is a really boring way of saying I eat things out of bowls. Lots of soups, beans and greens, stir fry's, and the like. It's a rare occasion that I make a meal that belongs on a plate and has separate parts. I'm a mixer. Things should be eaten together. Like lentils and rice. Here's my favorite way to eat it. 

 (I lost my camera charger, so I take pictures on my phone. They aren't great.)

What you need:
olive oil
1 onion, sliced or diced, whatever you fancy
1-2 cloves of garlic
2 carrots, diced
Grated ginger. I use fresh, and probably used around 1/2 Tb.
1/2-1tsp. each of tumeric, garam masala, ground red pepper, and cumin
1 bay leaf
1 c. of lentils
1/2 can coconut milk
1/2 c. frozen peas, or more if you accidentally spill a lot in the bowl. 
1 c. uncooked brown rice.

How you make it: (start to finish, this takes about 45 mins)
Start by cooking your rice according to package directions. Honestly, those somehow don't work for me, I always end up adding more water. So don't worry if that's the case for you as well. It'll make me feel better to know I'm not alone in this. 
Next, in a skillet (I use a big deep one), saute your onions in the oil for a few minutes until soft. Add the carrots and garlic, lots of S&P, and cook til the onions are really soft and yellow and the carrots begin to soften. It'll smell good, you'll know. Add all your spices, and stir.  I start with about 1/2 tsp. of each and add more later if needed. Pour in the lentils and add 2c. of water. Put a lid on it and go play Words With Friends while it comes to a boil. Check the liquid levels. The lentils will soak it all up but won't be done, so you can add in another cup or two of water OR vegetable broth (I did) and let it boil, gently, until the lentils are soft, which takes about 15 mins or more. Once the lentils are soft and liquid is absorbed, add the coconut milk and frozen peas. Cook til all is soft and yummy. Add more spices if needed, which they almost always are. By this time, your rice should be done. Serve the lentils over the rice and eat. This is really good with some naan or pita bread to scoop it up with. 

1. Book club. Everyone should do it.
2. My brother being home! For good!
3. Having a lake house, especially when the heat is as ridiculous as it's been.
4. Red nail polish.
5. Pinterest.com. I'm obsessed. 

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