Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

Celebration Cake

Celebration CakeHonestly, I don’t really bake many ‘special’ cakes. The kind with multiple layers temptingly blanketed by sweet, creamy frosting and loaded with enough sugar and calories to make you forget life’s troubles in an instant. No, I hardly bake that kind of cake. It may have something to do with the fact that those kind of cakes require a little more effort, and that baking them ‘just because’ seems a little, well… frivolous. Hans, my husband, gets a double-layer chocolate cake on his birthday, and I’m happy to bake one as a present for a friend, but that’s pretty much it.
I guess you could say that I’m the kind of person who likes to save the good stuff for ‘special occasions’. The Limoges plates and my mother-in-law’s fine linen tablecloth for Christmas dinner, the antique German soup tureen and French silverware for entertaining, the classy jewellery and fancy shoes for business meetings. It is my attempt to keep these treasured items pristine and beautiful. I am also trying to convince myself that I am getting the most out of them this way. If I don’t have something often, I’ll enjoy it more when I do, which is true, to an extent.
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Le-Puy Lentil Casserole

Le Puy Lenti CasseroleLentilles vertes du Puy are small, dark green lentils with a slightly nutty flavor. I like to use them in all kinds of salads (they keep their shape after cooking), but one of my favorite recipes is this warming lentil casserole. The lentils are cooked in a little red wine and drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette once cooked. I love to serve the lentils with grilled Merguez sausages, though you could also serve them with pan-fried halloumi for a vegetarian option. If you’d like, add a salad of Belgian endive and capers on the side.
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