Cooking, photographing and then writing – sometimes the full trifecta just seems like too much. In my foolish youth, I used to make much smaller commitments to my food; by that I mean three to four minutes in a microwave (though sometimes as much as five). It wasn’t good on many levels, but it was fast and easy. Now I’m committing to all of the following: a drawn out, home-cooked meal (as close to “from scratch” as possible); photos I’ll like in the moment, then scrutinize endless afterwards; and a suitably-long post, expressing wit, charm, and information relevant to the dish at hand.
Tonight, it just isn’t happening, though. Faithful readers may argue that that has never happened (the expressing wit and charm aspects, I mean), but regardless, it’s definitely not happening tonight. Tomorrow is Friday, it has felt like a long week (though the holiday Monday made it shorter than most), and I’m drained. The effort tonight, I’ll be honest, is being poured completely into the second part of this food flogging – oops, that should be “blogging”…silly Freudian slip – endeavor: the photographs.
With that being said, if you want to recreate this dish (which I recommend, as it’s delicious, filling, and simple), it’s from Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Living: Great Food Fast” cookbook (just like Recipe #46 – Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Sauce). If you don’t own the book, fear not, for Ms. Stewart has posted it online.
I followed the recipe closely, though I opted for a few slight modifications due to loving bacon, among other things. Those modifications were: using five pieces of bacon instead of three, because bacon; using 1 2/3 cups split red lentils instead of 1 1/2 cups regular lentils, because those were the remnants I had in my kitchen; and using a 946ml container of broth instead 15 oz of the canned variety, as that’s what we had left from Mateja’s last Costco run. Aside from that, the recipe is as described in the book and online.
As advertised though, I’ll be short on words instead express myself more through the pictures. So with that, I wish you the happiest of times in the kitchen, cooking or otherwise.
As it’s nearly the weekend, I am once again submitting to Angie’s Fiesta Friday. It’s great unwinding on a Friday afternoon, checking out what fellow bloggers have decided to share, so I’m eagerly looking forward to it as always.