Tuesday, November 30, 2010

snow day

A few days after our first snowfall of the year, we had a day of falling snow. Late in the afternoon, after we had shovelled the driveway with some help from T and his trucks - we had a snowball fight. T had a bit of trouble with packing the snow into balls, so mostly he would pick up a big hunk of snow and run it at me. After a walk in the snow, and a stop for some warm hot chocolate, I took these pictures. (It started raining the next day and now the snow is mostly gone.)

And it was a perfect night for stewed lentils. Funnily enough, even though I had the cookbook, I didn't start making these until I read this.

Stewed Lentils (from the Barefoot Contessa at Home)

2 tsp olive oil
2 onions, diced
4 large carrots, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 796 mL can whole plum tomatoes (puree them in a food processor with the juice)
1 c green lentils
2 c vegetable stock
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp kosher salt
black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and carrots and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes, lentils, stock and seasonings to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

I served this alongside some mashed potatoes to soak up the juices.

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