Cooking never fails to be exciting! Even my most horrendous kitchen disasters are somehow remembered fondly afterwards. Here's a new dish I tried out last Friday. It's filling, frugal, very easy to make, and a great source of protein for vegetarians like me or those of you who are trying to cut down on meat for whatever reasons:
Easy pasta with lentils
1 cup red lentils
3 cloves of garlic
4 celery sticks
2 ripe tomatoes (fresh or canned)
2 cups water
2 cups pasta (dry)
Salt, pepper or other spices – anything and as much as you like! I added 2 tsp of salt, and some pepper, paprika and oregano.
Wash lentils; finely chop onion, carrots, celery, tomatoes and garlic. Sautee veggies (except tomatoes) for 5 minutes with vegetable oil. Add lentils, tomatoes and spices. Then add water; you can add boiling water to make the process quicker. Cover and let cook until lentils are ready (it took me about 20 minutes). In the meantime, cook your favorite kind of pasta according to the instructions on the package. Serve pasta and lentils together. We enjoyed this simple dish around here!
I also made my carrot cake (probably the last cake I bake in this apartment – now that's something to remember!), and this time I also made chocolate frosting:
1\2 cup sugar
3 tsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter
Bring everything to boil and cook for about 15 minutes, mixing. A wonderful aroma is supposed to fill your kitchen! After spreading the frosting on the cake, you can sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes or chopped nuts.