In parts of Italy, people eat lentils at New Year to bring wealth. They are also eaten throughout the year, braised, stewed or in soups. I made some basic braised lentils and served them with a mixed bean salad.
We may have missed New Years, but hey, the year hasn’t progressed too much yet, so we may still be in with a chance to affect our fortunes.
I’m not a lentil-lover at the best of times, and I was really off my game here. I dont know if it was the lack of salt (we’re trying to cut back), the addition of carrots, or just the lentily-ness, but they tasted quite bland.
The beans were yum, just steamed and then drizzled with olive oil and some chopped sundried tomatoes, but the pairing made for a very fibrous (read: chewy) meal.
The saving grace of the meal was dessert (of course!).
I recently bought an ice cream machine, and I’ve been playing with it a lot. I made some Mango and passionfruit gelato, from a recipe in The Mediterranean Cookbook, by Joanna Farrow and Jacqueline Clarke. I substituted coconut milk for the dairy.
It was very very tasty!