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To Dhal, or not to Dhal


Woke up this morning (dah nahnahnahnah!), my dhal was dead (dah nahnahnahnah!)……

Sorry, wrong “woke up this morning” gig.  That one’s next Saturday at Fat Joe’s Crocodile-Rock Shackarama, drop by if you’re in the area.  Don’t forget to tip the waitress, watch out for the alligators.  (Or is that tip the alligator, and watch out for the waitresses….)?

Woke up that morning and saw the silvery pavements that meant it had rained overnight.  Opened the window wide in the hope of cool, fresh air, and instead God turned his Hairdryer on my face at medium-high.

So, still fiendishly humid and warm, then.

And whilst apparently it’s normally okay to accidentally oversoak urad dhal lentils, it’s probably not a good idea to leave a bowl of them soaking for 24 hours, in a warm flat, during what have been the hottest two days of the summer so far…..

Despite the strange fruity sweet smell I persevered, drained and washed them, began to boil them and after 10 minutes of even weirder smells gave up and dumped the lot.  (Although from the hint of fermentation I think I might have been *this* close to inventing lentil beer).

Turned to the internet for inspiration, and tripped over this economical and tasty dish (the pilaf lasted me 3 meals and 1 snack):

I didn’t have any kale at the time, but picked some up later for a separate dish.  I also substituted bulgur wheat for millet, which worked well.  Suspect any similar grain would be good.



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FATFAL Noodles


1) RIP Rik Mayall

2) Spent Monday off work sick, and the rest of the week playing catch-up.  Tired, narked, tired-narked and thoroughly tarked-noff.   Fortunately found this recipe, which, even if you’re not hungover, ticks the boxes of quick, convenient, tasty and pleasingly messy to eat.  F**k All This For a Laugh Noodles, if you will….

Right Kids?



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Sunday afternoon cookathon ahoy!

First up, lunch for work. Unearthed this delicious kidney-bean dip, which I can see becoming an instant lunch-time classic.  Slung it into a couple of Tupperware containers with soft cheese, tomato, spring onion, carrot sticks, naan bread, and some left-over yellow pepper chunks from my other recipe, a rather pleasant Japanese-influenced tofu and vegetable curry.

Originals are here….


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You know, they had me at “comfort-food”.

Was alerted to the existence of this dish via the The Guardian. Apparently the Korean equivalent of Bubble & Squeak, i.e a good user-up of left-over rice and other meat and vegetable dishes, which is something I’m also a real sucker for.

(I don’t create left-overs. I create dishes with the sole intention of providing left-overs which can then be converted into the proper meal I was intending to create all along).

(Hey, it’s a hobby).

Picked up a couple of additional ideas from here.


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