Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Warm Buttered Black Beluga Lentil and Pasta Salad

Warm Buttered Beluga Lentil and Pasta Salad

Although chickpeas are at the top of my list of legume favorites, there is something particularly homey, easy, and comforting about lentils. They cook up in no time, are effortlessly versatile in menu planning, and are wildly high in protein and iron. Ancient in origin, and with nearly as many varieties as there are rices, a bag of lentils is as essential in my cupboard as coffee beans.

Of course, legume aficionado that I am, one bag of lentils is just the tip of my rather innocuous iceberg of obsession for them. There are Umbrians and Puys, Masoors and Red Chiefs, Pardinas and Urads. The list goes on with the recent discovery of Black Belugas, so named for their remarkable resemblance to Beluga caviar, of a pitch black that fades to a luxurious, shiny sable brown when cooked. My quest for them had been several months long. Yes, I could have ordered them, but is there any domestic joy so immediate as the serendipitous reaching for a product on the shelf and securing it in your shopping cart? I've never tasted Beluga caviar and doubt that I ever will, but I am feeling no less rich for it.

Warm Buttered Beluga Lentil and Pasta Salad - My own recipe

Serves 4 as a starter; 2 as a main meal

Ingredients

4 cups water
1 cup dried black lentils (or other lentil that will hold its shape when cooked)
3 tablespoons butter (or olive oil, if you prefer to prepare this for a vegan diet)
4 additional cups water
1 cup dried small-shaped pasta of your choice (I used Sagnette Abruzzesi)
3 tablespoons drained capers
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped yellow or red tomatoes
1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
Additional salt, but only to taste; capers are very salty

Method

In a large pot, bring 4 cups water to boil. Add lentils. Return to boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Maintain simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are al dente but not mushy. Immediately drain them and transfer to a large bowl. Add butter, stirring to melt and coat lentils. Reserve and cover to keep warm.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, then add immediately to lentils, stirring carefully to combine to avoid breaking lentils or pasta. Stir in capers, onion, and tomatoes. Taste for salt; season accordingly. Scatter black pepper over bowl. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be reheated in a microwave until butter liquifies. --

This is for Simona of Briciole closing out November's My Legume Love Affair 41. Simona will have her round-up online soon. Do stop back to see what luscious dishes we have created with our love of legumes. Thanks to Simona for hosting MLLA on more than one occasion.

Kiran of SUMADHURA is now welcoming your recipes as host for My Legume Love Affair 42 through December 31.

Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #21

Welcome to Week #21 of Black and White Wednesday. There are many fine photos for your viewing pleasure. The event is now closed for the week with a count of around forty. I hope you will enjoy the creative work of your comrades in the kitchen and behind the camera as much as I do. Thanks so much for your wonderful contributions. See you next week!


14SIRIROSEMARY
Rosemary by Siri of Cooking with Siri

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1CINZIA
Making Scialatielli by Cinzia of Cindystar

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2HYMAMANGOGINGER
Mango Ginger by Hyma of Hyma's Flavours

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Pound Cake by Shruti of Eat Healthy for Better Life

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16VAISHALILEMONBASILPASTASALAD
Lemon, Basil Pasta Salad by Vaishali of Ribbon's and Pasta's

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15SHAHEENAPPLEDUMPLING
Robert Owen's Apple Dumpling Recipe at New Lanark World Heritage Site
by Shaheen of Allotment 2 Kitchen


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17ROSAPRECIOUSROOTS
Precious Roots by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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3SUSIEMERINGUE
Meringue by Susie of Eat Little, Eat Big

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4ARCHANAPAYASA
Payasa by Archana of The Mad Scientist's Kitchen!!

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4SIMONADRINKINGTEAATHOME
Drinking Tea at Home by Simona of Briciole

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5JAYASWEETCORNKACHORI
Sweet Corn Khasta Kachori by Jaya of Spice and Curry

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6ANISHAVANILLACAKEWITHROYALICINGEXPERIMENTS
Vanilla Cake with Royal Icing by Anisha of Experiments!

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18ROSASWISSFARNIENTE
Swiss Farniente by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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7YAMSUVARNAGEDDEKADHYAA
Yam Suvarnagedde by Kadhyaa of Kadhyaa

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8MUSABAHAHANDMADEHUMMUSALLON
Musabaha (Hummus Made by Hand) by Allon of Street Food Markets

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9MUSABAHAALLON
Musabaha 2 by Allon of Street Food Markets

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10MUSABAHA3ALLON
Musabaha 3 by Allon of Street Food Markets

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13FARWININTHEMIDDLEOFMAKINGAONEBOWLCAKE
In the Middle of Making a One-Bowl Cake by Farwin of Love and Other Spices

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20LIZINMYKITCHENPREPARINGFORSEASONSEATINGS
In My Kitchen - Preparing for Season's Eatings by Liz of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

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12SANDYCARAMALIZEDPEANUTVENDOR
Caramelized Peanut Vendor by Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen

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11SANDYCARAMALIZEDPEANUTS
Caramelized Peanuts by Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen

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YellowShiroPlumFinalOriginalSmallbw
Shiro Plums by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook

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19ROSEHOLYCOW
Holy Cow! by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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22PAZOLIVEOILWINDOWDISPLAY
Olive Oil Window Display by Paz of The Cooking Adventures of Chez Paz

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21PRINCYFRIEDRICECRISPIES
Fried Rice Crispies by Princy of Spicyfoood

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23LATASPICESIUSEFLAVOURSANDTASTES
Spices I Use by Lata of Lata's Flavour's and Tastes

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23LATASPICESIUSEFLAVOURSANDTASTES
More Spices I Use by Lata of Lata's Flavours and Tastes

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25CHINMAYIEALARUMAKESCOOKIES1
Alaru Makes Cookies 1 by Chinmayie of Love Food Eat

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26ALARUMAMAKESCOOKIES2
Alaru Makes Cookies 2 by Chinmayie of Love Food Eat

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27ALARU'SCOOKIES
Alaru's Cookies by Chinmayie of Love Food Eat

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28MICHELLEPAVLOVA
Pavlova by Michelle of Ms. Chef Kitchen

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29RHONDAWHEATFIELDSEPIA
Wheat Field in Sepia by Rhonda of The Kitchen Witch

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30RHONDAWHEATFIELDS2
Wheat Field in Black and White by Rhonda of The Kitchen Witch

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37LYNNEAMARETTIESPRESSO
Amaretti and Espresso by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu

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31SARAHPRARIESONPETALSMESSAGEINBOTTLE
There's Always a Way to Send a Message by Sarah of Prairies on Petals

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32VIDHYAASPICEINTHEMUSHROOM
A Spice in the Mushrooms by Vidhya of Sweet Karam Kapi

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33PLATEOFPLENTYSHILPA
Plate of Plenty 1 by Shilpa of Yummilicious Food

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34PLATEOFPLENTY2SHILPA
Plate of Plenty 2 by Shilpa of Yummilicious Food

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35PLATEOFPLENTY3
Plate of Plenty 3 by Shilpa of Yummilicious Food

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Briicafeglobtrotter
Cafè Globetrotter - Kastrup Airport (Copenhagen/Denmark) by Brii of Brii is Home

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36CRISPYTOFUWULAN
Crispy Tofu by Wulan of Yummy Mommy Diary

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USHARIDGEGOURDPLANT
Ridge Gourd Plant by Usha of My Spicy Kitchen

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lychee1
Canned Lychee by Jexorie of Jexorie is Addictive and Consuming

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NashiraSepia
Chocolate Caramel Slice by Nashira of Plateful

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #20

Welcome to Week #20 of Black and White Wednesday. Your talented contributions always inspire and delight week after week. It's been five months already, and you never run out of steam. Today's gallery presents a wonderful array of whimsy, glamor, temptation, hominess, geometry, stillness, minimalism, street life, and surrealism. I value each and every one of your photos and thank you for the enjoyment of our weekly galleries. See you next week!

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1BriiNeedHelpintheKitchen
Need Help in the Kitchen? by Brii of Brii is Home

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17FINLACHOCOLATEDRESS
Chocolate Dress by Finla of My Kitchen Treasures

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2SUSIEBREAD
Bread by Susie of Eat Little, Eat Big

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2960BEEFDUMPLINGSGENIEBUNNY
60 Beef Dumplings by Genie of Bunny Eats Design

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5ROSAPOTATOES
Potatoes Can Be Sexy by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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12SIAVISITINGCHILDHOOD
Childhood is Calling by Sia of Monsoon Spice

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CYNTHIACHEESESTRAWS
Cheese Straw Dough by Cynthia of Black and White

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11REMINISCINGSUMMER
Reminiscing on Summer by Cool Lassie of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry

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10SHUCHIGREENCARDAMOM
Green Cardamon by Shuchi of Spicy Tangy

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4SIMONAFRACTAL
Romanesco Broccoli - Fractal Vegetable by Simona of Briciole

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31BREADBASKETSIRI
Bread Basket by Siri of Cooking with Siri

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35RICKITURKEYPIE
Turkey Pastry Apple Pie by Ricki, My Sister-in-Law

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30VAISHALI
Leele Doongri ne Kadhi ane Rotlo by Vaishali of Ribbon's and Pasta's

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18ALESSANDRAPUYLENTILSOUP
Puy Lentils, Red Onion and Herb Soup by Alessandra by Alessandra Zecchini

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9FRANCESCAPROSCIUTTO
Prosciutto and Salami by Francesca of BurroeZucchero

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16ANNAALMONDBREAD
Almond Bread by Anna of Adobo Down Under

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32FIGS
Fresh Figs by Ribbon Clown of Ribbon and Circus

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34LIZPINEAPPLEKINGOFFRUITSCHILLSOUT
Pineapple, King of Fruits Chills Out on Vintage Cape Cod Deck Chair by Liz of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

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6ROSAMARKETCYAN
Autumn Offerings by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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3RUHAMACARROTS
Straight from the Garden by Ruhama of Rumahama

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15ALLYLEMONMERINGUEPIEWITHCOULIS
Lemon Meringue Pie with Strawberry Coulis by Ally of What's Cooking Today!!

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26SPOONSTILLLIFESANDY
Shadowed Still Life by Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen

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33FIGTART
Fig Tart by Ribbon Clown of Ribbon and Circus

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28ICEDWHISKRHONDA
Iced Whisk by Rhonda of The Kitchen Witch

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7ROSAMORTE
Nature Morte by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums

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8RAJANAISNACKBOWL
Snack Bowls by Rajani of My Kitchen Trials

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13SIAVISITINGCHILDHOOD
Pickled Raw Mangoes and Indian Gooseberries by Sia of Monsoon Spice

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14HYMACOCONUTSCRAPPER
Coconut Scraper by Hyma of Hyma's Flavours

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36NANDITAEGGLESSMAYO
Eggless Mayonnaise by Nadita of Paaka-Shaale - My Virtual Kitchen

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27INKRISOTTOMICHELLE
Ink Risotto by Michelle of Ms. Chef's Kitchen

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SHRUTISTARBUCKS
Starbucks by Shruti of Eat Healthy for Better Life

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Big Heat Artichoke by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook

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24MAAMOULPRINCY
Ma'amouls by Princy of Spicyfoood

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Those Little Things That Live On - The Milk Man Ready to Roll by Lata of Flavous and Tastes

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19KADHYAACHILLIES
Chillies by Kadhayya of Kadhyaa

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20DRIEDREDCHERRIESSAEE
Dried Red Cherries in Spice Dabba by Saee of My jhola

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25SANDYSTREETFOOD
Street Food by Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen

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rinku
Pecan Pie Tartlets by Rinku of Cooking in Westchester