The L word. A big step in any relationship. Luckily, I don’t waffle on about relationships, or offer any advice on the subject. This blog knows what it is & sticks to what it seems to be OK at – food, travel, a touch of lifestyle & recipes. Call me old fashioned, the one thing I truly believe in – people are happy(ier) when eating something they enjoy. Perhaps even Love… Because I’m no relationship expert, the only L word wisdom I’m going to throw out has to do with a little legume called, Lentil.
Guys, don’t be scared of Lentil. I know some still recoil in horror at the word – but don’t, shame, it is only a lentil. This is how I attempt to lure you into lentil world…
- Lentils – one of the few things on this planet that are still fairly cheap. The world, society, life, thrives on the high cost of living. But not the lentil. The lentil knows what it is & with a *lentil* loving care (I’m trying hard here) – the world of cheap eats will always be your best friend & will provide a party trick of wonder to to get the convo started.
- Low in fat. High in protein. What? I know I don’t have to say anything more here.
- Those two points are more than enough.
So what did I do with my loads of lentils? I made Lentil Humus – obviously.
>> 1 cup dried green lentils. >> 3-4 tbsp tahini paste. >> 1 medium clove garlic, peeled, grated & minced. >> Juice of 1-2 small lemons. >> 3-4 tbsp olive oil. >> 4 tbsp hot water. >> Maldon salt & ground black pepper *to taste*
>> Cook the lentils according to packet instructions. *But. Rinse them well & soak for at least an hour beforehand*
>> Once cooked, drain & place in a food processor.
>> Add remaining ingredients & blitz to form a smooth paste.
>> At this stage – adjust all seasoning – you might like it more lemony or salty. If the mixture is still very stiff – add some more hot water & a dash more olive oil.
>> Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of smoked paprika & pumpkin seeds.