The cooking-as-therapy train went off the rails tonight: lentilburgers and fried catfish tacos. Frozen catfish (good clean stuff, too) is on sale for €1.99 for 600 grams, that's--what, $2.00 a pound? And we're still only three-quarters of the way through our €1.50 bag of lentils, after having made at least four meals from it...

Hey! I know what! I'll take this opportunity to document some of the thus-far-undocumented components of these Thoroughly Repeatable (and pretty darn cheap) breath destroyers. Yeah!


catfish tacos = fried catfish + chipotle slaw + pico de gallo + guacamole or salsa verde + fresh mint or cilantro + green or red fresh Holland or Spanish chile

lentilburgers = lentil patties + tahini-pomegranate sauce + saffron-yoghurt-mint sauce + cucumber salad a la maoz + lettuce + sriracha


tahini-pomegranate sauce.

1/2 cup tahini (well-stirred)
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
juice of one lemon
1 tbsp water
1 clove garlic, pressed
salt to taste (very important)

Directions to follow.

Serves 2 or 3 or 4.


cucumber salad a la maoz.

1 cucumber, thinly sliced in rounds
the juice of 2 lemons
2 to 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
salt to taste

Combine well and let sit for an hour or so. Serves 2 or 3.


saffron, yoghurt, and mint sauce.

10-15 threads saffron
1-2 tbsp boiling water

1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4.


Klary Koopmans said...

can you point me to the recipe for the lentil patties? were they good enough to make for Vegetarian People One Wants To Impress When They Come For Dinner The First Time?

MEM said...

Ho there....

The recipe for the lentil fritters is here: http://vegetarianduck.blogspot.com/2009/08/placeholder.html

but, but, but...

they're a little bit tricky to get right texture-wise and shape-wise. it would be real easy to make a batch that didn't look very good.

and...the best part of the whole thing is the three or four sauces/sides that go on top. so it's a bit more work than it looks like it is...

that said: they're really really good, especially if your vegetarians like spicy food. but maybe don't wait until the night of the dinner to try making a patty. in fact, we made all of our lentils at once and froze them so we could experiment with the patties a little at a time.

MEM said...

in fact, we're talking about making them this week...maybe you should come over and taste one....

Klary Koopmans said...

I would, if only I´d lived closer ;)

MEM said...

OK, be like that. But don't come crying to me when you hear the gentle splat of fully-dressed lentil fritters against your kitchen window....