|S's Mother's Herbed Lentils|
Our heat wave broke after Friday's rain and the days have been cooler in comparison. "Cooler" is all relative, of course. On Sunday, our high was 90F; on Monday, it was 88F. Of course, I am loving it! This is well within my comfort zone!
Sunday marked the 21st anniversary of 9/11. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed; it's one of those days when I can recall exactly where I was (at the office) and what I was doing when I heard the news (on the phone) and what I did afterwards (our office closed and we were told to go home; I drove home and flew the flag, then, went and picked up my daughter from school). I spent a good part of the day watching TV programs relating to that event.
On Monday, I spent some time sewing on the patchwork quilt top I am making, There is progress on that and I will do an update post, soon.
I also spoke on the phone with neighbor T who is still in the assisted living center; she is hoping to be able to come home, soon, because she is concerned about how much it costs to be at the assisted living center.
There has been more food being passed back and forth in the neighborhood, as well! On Sunday, neighbor S called to ask if I'd like some savory pastry her mother had made, with a lentil filling. I love pastry, so, of course, I said, I'd love to try some. When she brought me the lentil filled pastries, I gave her a plate of thin pancakes filled with a sprinkling of sugar and lemon juice that I had just made!
|Puff Pastry Rolls with Lentil Filling|
Sunday evening, I warmed up the lentil pastries and they were delicious. There was a different flavor to them than what I'm used to. I could tell that they had some sort of herb, but, I couldn't identify it. I asked S what herbs her mother had used and she said it was dill. Then, she brought me more of the pastries and a plate of the lentils that her mother had made! And, she called me a little later with her mother's recipe. I asked her if I might post the recipe on my blog and she said it would be fine. S's mother's name is L.
L's Lentil Recipe:
1 cup dry lentils
2 cups water
Salt, black pepper
Haleb pepper (a type of chili pepper, might be similar to Aleppo pepper, according to an online search)
Cook the lentils in the water with salt, black pepper, and haleb pepper, until the lentils are soft; towards the very end of the cooking, about 5 minutes before it is done, add the chopped cilantro and dill.
S said that it was not necessary to drain any leftover cooking water and I assume it will get absorbed into the lentils as the dish cools. S didn't mention adding any onions, but, I suppose one could add some finely chopped onions during the cooking, too. I have not made this recipe, yet; it will be something to try, though.
I am grateful for:
- Neighbor S and her mother's generosity
- New recipes to try
- Cooler days
- Chats with family and friends
- Television coverage of world events
Joyful activities have included being treated to some delicious food and playing with fabric!
Do you like lentils? Do you think you might try this recipe? Do you have a favorite lentil recipe?