Monday, November 21, 2005

Puy Lentils

Lentils are good for you! These French Puy Lentils are beautiful! Look at that blue-green color! These choice lentils are grown in the volcanic soils of Puy in France, hence that deep color! They're great to cook with because they remain firm and have a rich flavor. They cook a bit slower than other lentils.
Just rinse them in cold water, 1 cup lentils to 4 cups water and bring to a boil, then simmer till tender. I always stick some bacon, onions and carrots in the pot to flavor the cooking liquid.
I like to simmer them till the liquid gets rather thick and the lentils are tender.....
Now comes the good part, the sausages!
These babies are British, they have been sitting in my freezer waiting to meet their perfect match. I bake the lot till the sausages are nice and browned.
To try to make this a healthier version, I added some baby spinach, it wilted and just peeks out! Instead my beloved Creme Fraiche, I had some leftover broccoli and butternut squash that I puree'd and that concoction got mixed in as well.

There you have it, one peasant style dish served proud!


Francis said...

J 'adore ! vraiment !

J ' likes! really!

la recette bien sûr Lol !

b'gina said...

Mmm. That sounds good. I really do like lentils, but they're so heavy. Adding the veggies sounds like it would lighten the whole up a bit.

Cindy said...

Yeah lentils are good for you, at least that's what we hear during childhood. Those blue lentils are nice ones, I love the red type too.

Rorie said...

Puy Lentils are beautiful and delicious - they are my favorite to cook with, too! Love your blog - your photos are great!

shuna fish lydon said...

These looks beautiful. But I only like lentils when they come to me from someone else's kitchen...

{I'll give you plenty of warning about when I may be in Paris!}

Melissa said...

Francis......Hi...Glad you took a peek at my site!

b'gina.....Yes, Lentils are a real stick to your ribs meal, you only eat about once a season!!

Cindy....I haven't tried the red lentils, are those for Indian cooking?

Rorie..Thanks for checking in, as far as my photos go, always room for improvement!

Shuna....Gosh, I'll wear the tee-shirt!!

keiko said...

Melissa, I LOVE puy lentils, but my husband thinks I cook them too much (!) Your sausages look yummy!

Melissa said...

Keiko---You'll laugh when I tell you where I bought those sausages...(not from the butcher)...but from Tesco's!
Hey, they pack easy in a suitcase!