On New Year’s Eve you must eat lentils!!! It is probably just a silly Italian tradition but far from me to disappoint my luck for 2013!
So on New Year’s Eve, following the tradition, I cooked lentils for a bunch of friends that will hopefully be very lucky this year!
Lentils – any kind of lentils except the orange one
Dry porcini mushrooms
Salt and Pepper
I bought two different kind of lentils – red and mignon (which means dark green and light green looking lentils) and I truly have no idea how many kinds of lentils you can find but I’m pretty sure that you’ll find some!
I prepared a nice soffritto chopping carrots and onions with a mixer and throwing them into a tall pan where some olive oil was already heating.
I let the mushrooms get soft in a bowl of warm water and then I chopped them. I then added the mushrooms and their water to the rest of the ingredients.
Next I sprinkled in a lot of rosemary, salt, pepper and a stock cube.
I put all the lentils into the pan, covered them with water and let them cook…forever!
The volume of lentils almost doubles while they cook so be careful and pick a good, tall pot or you will ended up dividing the lentils into two pots after a bit – I confess I had to do it!
Stir and cook, cook and stir until your lentils are nicely soft and tasty! You might have to add more water during the cooking, stirring, cooking…
I know it’s late to eat lentils now and to get some luck as I’m madly behind with all my posts, but you never know – in the end it’s only the middle of January and you still have the whole year in front of you!