So much good food, so little time to cook it! That pretty much sums up my summer.
Almost all locals feel the heat (literally and figuratively) of the busy summer months. If we are not working, we are entertaining out of town guests. And on the off chance that we do get a night free of work and/or visitors then we are usually too exhausted to cook.
Not to mention the BBQs we are invited to (or host). There you might bring a dish or dessert but since the grill does most the work, you aren’t responsible for making some amazing meal.
While not cooking a lot might sound like a reprieve to some, I miss cooking big dinners almost every night! I am still trying to get in one or two good cooking sessions a week though. I try to make a meal at least once a week and if all else fails, then I have the salad I have committed to making every Monday to have on-hand for lunches all week.
I have been branching out of my norm for these salads. Trying recipes that I’ve never had before and incorporating new grains, new ingredients and new combinations each time.
The most recent salad I made called for lentils. I had a beautiful bag of colorful (yellow and orange) lentils that I bought on a whim one day. I was anxious to try them and excited for how beautiful they would look.
I started researching and found a recipe on a blog I like called “the best lentil salad ever.” Strong statement so I read some more. It sounded like a good starting place. So my cohort in this “salad a week” mission Jamie and I decided on some changes and forged ahead with the project.
The first (and only) disappointment was the lentils. When we cooked them they lost their color and looked like standard brown lentils. Oh well, they still tasted good.
The rest of the salad was pretty straight-forward. If you think the combination of currants and capers is a little strange, don’t be alarmed. It is surprisingly good.
We doubled the recipe and only added the toppings when we serve the meal. It is really good and has an interesting and unique flavor that you will hopefully enjoy!