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April 04, 2005



Oh, god, Julie, this sounds wonderful. I love lentils, especially Puy lentils, and I love orzo. I could easily eat this on its own as a main dish. In fact, I could eat it for breakfast. You are a goddess.

I did laugh at your taking Kalustyan's to task for their lentil-cooking instructions! You're right: I've never soaked Puy lentils, and I've never needed to cook them for more than 25 minutes, tops. I felt the same way reading those instructions the way I do when I read some beautiful old heirloom cookbook, where all of the food is almost perfect, and then I read the noodle recipes, and invariably we are told to boil the noodles for 20 minutes, then turn them into a casserole and bake them for 1/2 hour! Such sadness. :)

I'm thinking of one of my favorite lines from The Young Ones: "Lentils are really great. No matter how many times you eat them, they never get boring." (Okay, it's funnier in context, but it still makes me laugh.)


Oooh! Well I am a lucky gal today because as I was going through my cupboards, I was wondering what the heck to do with the little box of orzo that I had bought to try a recipe out of Tessa Kiros' book.

Now I know.

I am looking forward to your pics with spanking brand-new technology! Hehe, come on now Julie, with the great recipes and food posts that you write, I'm sure you won't disappoint in the image department! :-D


Jen, I'm so glad you like the way this sounds, and I hope you give it a try at some point. I admit I'm also not above a few spoonfuls for breakfast...but then, I'm not one of those who can only eat so-called breakfast foods in the morning. The Kalustyan's directions made me think of heirloom cookbooks, but also just of outmoded habits -- vegetables cooked to khaki dullness, the dry grey-brown of meat that cooked forever. Fortunately, I had a childhood where I only encountered food like this at the houses of friends...

Rowena, you too...please let me know if this works for you -- and what modifications you make. Believe me, I'm excited about the new technology too -- I just have a feeling that there's going to be a learning curve...


Julie, this looks and sounds so yummy! I love Puy lentils, but my husband is getting bored because I cook them with meat, fish, rice... well, almost anything!

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