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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pardina Lentils a version of French Lentils # Weekend Bites ( formally Foodie Friday) #French Fridays with Dorie

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Pardina Lentils- simplelivingeating.com


I have truly been meaning to get back to my regular blogging schedule, but September has been a busy month.  Last night I attended a cooking demonstration at the The Daily Meal with Chef Kerry Heffernan, formally of NYC's famed Eleven Madison Park restaurant . He made some really interesting dishes from local and wild fish/fowl and herbs of Long Island where he lives. Check out the menu. I never even heard of whelk or knew you could eat bluefish cheeks? 



Kerry Heffernan's menu for the The Daily Meal


If you are not familiar with the food website The Daily Meal I would highly recommend checking it out. They cover all kinds of food and restaurant news along with having excellent recipes from bloggers around the country. I was so thrilled to meet some of my fellow Daily Meal blogger. One woman flew all the way up from Florida to attend the event.

OK, so that is my excuse for combining my French Friday with Dorie's post with Foodie Friday. I think it's a pretty good one?

Pardina Lentils: simplelivingeating.com

Now lentils... when we made Orange Scented Lentil Soup I had no problem finding the king of lentils: lentils de puy in a gourmet market. When I looked again for these amazingly tasty lentils I only found French Lentils which means they were not grown in the Le Puy region of France. These were good but not as good as the Le Puy lentils, both were expensive.

Pardina Lentils: simplelivingeating.com

When I looked at Dorie's recipe for French Lentils I decided to find a substitute. I read about which lentils keep their shape as opposed to getting mushy like lentils should do for Indian Dal's. I learned about a Spanish lentil called Pardina. It only cost $1.39 a bag from Goya, it kept it's shape and was delicious with the seasoning from this recipe. 

As been the case lately, I didn't find the original recipe to be to my liking  I make lentils often, and I've never found the need to strain them after cooking them for a time. I also find the vegetables to have a richer flavor when they have been sautéed first. What follows is my version of the recipe. Dorie's seasoning was right on the money. We really, really loved it. My husband asked if I could make this recipe our house default lentil recipe. I agreed. The pinch of clove and the tablespoon of cognac made a simple recipe into an extra special one.

Pardina Lentils: simplelivingeating.com

Pardina Lentils

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com
adapted from Dorie Greenspan's French Lentils: a Basic Recipe in Around my French Table

preparation 10 minutes     cook time: 30 minutes       serves: 4 to 6


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 large shallot minced
1 large carrot diced
1 celery stalk diced
1 garlic clove minced
1 bay leaf
1 pinch of ground clove
1 cup of Pardina lentils
32 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon of Cognac or other brandy



Directions:

1) On medium high, heat the oil in a large sauce pan. Add the shallot, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook until they soften. Then add the clove and the bay leaf to bloom their flavor in the oil for about 1 minute.

2) Add the lentils, stir them around in with the vegetables for about a minute. Then add the broth and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed and the lentils are tender when tasted.

3) Add the cognac with the burner on medium heat. Stir it for about a minute. 


Serve with over rice or boiled potatoes and a dark green. We loved it with Dorie's Lemon Steamed Spinach recipe. 


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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We changed the party's name to

 Weekend Bites. 

Thanks for your suggestions. 





Weekend Bites Features:






From: I Thee Cook

Perfect Tuna Mac Salad
Perfect Tuna Mac Salad

I would have to agree this sounds like a perfect Tuna Macaroni Salad. The seasoning is fantastic. 





From: The Pin Junkie


Peanut Butter Pork Tenderloin
Peanut Butter Pork Tenderloin

Such an interesting combination of ingredients... how can you go wrong with peanut butter and Sriracha? 





From: Annie's Home


Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread
Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread

This recipe screams Fall is here... apples and cheddar are such a perfect combination and I happen to live in a state (NY) that is a big producer of both. 





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45 comments:

  1. We love lentils. They are so healthy and delicious. I agree about sauteing. It makes such a difference. Thanks for hosting Diane. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Good to see you Sam... yes, I'm always surprised if someone doesn't like lentils. What's not to like?

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  2. HI Diane...that lentil dish looks great. I love lentils too!! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. Good to see you Sandi... more beautiful weather in NY today.

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  3. Hi Diane,
    I just love your Lentil dish it looks so comforting. Your evening at The Daily Meal sounds fabulous and very exciting! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen I hope you get to try the lentils and yes, going into NYC for most things is exciting.

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  4. Great looking dish, Diane, and the photography is lovely! The menu is amazing. What a fun evening you must have had! I'm going over to check it out now. Thanks so much for hosting :)

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    1. Thanks Robyn,
      I have really been working on my photography. I dread having to move back into the house when the light disappears early. I have the darkest house. Good to see you.

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  5. Your lentil dish looks delicious! We are huge fans of lentils in my house:) Thanks for the party. Lynn

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    1. If you love lentils I hope you'll try this recipe Lynn. It is really outstanding.

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    1. Good to see you Jamie. I'm always glad you find the time to make it to our party.

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  7. Very nice dish - I'm sure I'm going to like it :)
    Have a good weekend Diane and thank you for the party

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    1. Thanks Winnie,
      I hope all is well with you.

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  8. I love lentils! Thank you for featuring my Perfect Tuna Mac! I love the new name for the party. Have a great weekend Diane!

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    1. Thanks Rina,
      I plan on making your tuna mac for lunch this weekend.

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  9. Thanks for your tip, Diane! I always forget how much I enjoy lentils!

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    1. The pardina lentils really stayed firm... they were great.

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  10. I like your name change. Gives a little more spice to your Friday adventure. My original comment got lost in cyberspace so I'll try again. I have never heard of many of the ingredients listed on The Daily Meal's menu nor had I heard of The Daily Meal website. Michael and I did eat at Eleven Madison Park once so that's a point for me. Those cooking experiences are fun - watching, participating and meeting others who share your same passion. I do happen to like Goya products so will take a look at their brand's Pardina Lentil. Let me get this straight - an Italian gal, cooking a French recipe, and suggesting a Spanish ingredient substitution. Works for me, Diane.

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    1. French, Spanish, Italian... they are all Mediterranean.

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  11. Hello cute lady! I always love stopping by your party each week. I hope you get a chance to swing by our party. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. I always do go by your party too. Thanks for visiting Weekend Bites.

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  12. I love your party each week Diane. Thank you! :)

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  13. The Daily Meal sounds great- I will definitely need to check it out. Also thanks for sharing the info about the Pardina lentils. Very interesting and I will be keeping a look out for those as well. Glad to hear that your family liked these so much they got the house recipe status. Doesn't get better than that :)

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    1. You'll especially enjoy the Daily Meal because you live near NYC. A lot of the news is NY. Definitely check out the inexpensive pardina lentils,,, delicious.

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  14. Wow! I love it! I'm so hungry right now...

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  15. Perfect looking lentils, we enjoyed these too.

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  16. Your lentils look fabulous - never heard of these Spanish ones before.

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  17. September has been a busy month for us too! Your lentils look wonderfully delicious! I also make lentils quite often, and will add Dories recipe to my mix. I’ll be looking for the Pardina lentils…they look very much like the du Puy! Happy Friday, Diane!

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    1. I think they look like the du puy too. They stay firm like them, but they are not quite as flavorful... but great for the price.

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  18. My usual way of making lentils is similar to Dorie's. I've never tried sauteeing them first, but I will try that. I like the way it sounds. Also the menu from your chef demo looks amazing. Makes me hungry. I will check out The Daily Meal. Just what I need, more food news!

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    1. I only sauté the vegetables and any dried herbs to give them more depth.

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  19. Your lentils look wonderful! I love this recipe, and don't actually worry about a little variation. I never drain mine, sometimes pre-boil, sometimes not... but I do love these. Thanks for letting us know about the Spanish ones. Good to know! Oh, and BTW, your other recipes look great too! Yes, September is incredibly busy!!!

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    1. I've pre-boiled long cooking beans, but never lentils because they cook up so quickly. It might be a good thing to do if you don't eat beans often,,, for digestive reasons.

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  20. love the new name and will have to look for these variety of lentils

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  21. I just bought green lentils and didn't think anything of it. I thought I overcooked them but my hubby said no. But you post made me realize about all the different kinds of lentils. Now I know why my lentils broke down more than others.

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    1. You aren't alone Diane. Until recently I really was only familiar with brown lentils and yellow lentils in Indian dal.

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  22. The Pardina lentils look interesting. I've restocked my supply of French lentils (not the Puy, but organic, anyway). I think Dorie's method gives a lot of flavour, but sauteing the vegetables sounds like an even better idea.

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    1. Organic is always good and I find the flavor of organic foods to be superior too.

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  23. Now that it approaching fall and soup making this is a perfect recipe. Your Pardina Lentils look amazing, I can't wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  24. The cooking demonstration sounds really interesting, Diane! I will have to check out The Daily Meal! Love your version of French lentils - the recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  25. September has been a crazy busy month - I feel like I keep saying that, but perhaps that means its the new normal.
    The added flavor touches to these lentils really were nice and surprisingly enjoyed by all my eaters as well.

    Have a nice week!

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  26. Sounds delicious and the colors in the dish are beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning my recipes.

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