Spiced Pork with Creamy Lentils and Nigella Chapatis

Amazing lentil, mixed with an abundance of great flavours Including a heart warming Malay spice mix. I’ll get to the chapatis later.

This dish is a bowl of two halves. On one half are creamy lentils cooked with carrots and onion, spinach, garlic and Malay spice which is a mix of cinnamon, cayenne, coriander, cloves, galangal (comes from the ginger family), cumin and cardamom. You know just from those ingredients that you are going to get a very aromatic flavour. Creme fresh is stirred in at the end to give that creaminess. On top is a pork steak rubbed with salt and pepper and some of the Malay spice. Cooked perfectly under the grill (or perfectly on one side and somewhere north of over done on the other).

On the other side we have nigella chapatis. These are basically tortillas cooked in a dry pan then drizzled with olive oil and nigella seeds. Now unfortunately what this means is, the nice crispy tortillas you just cooked go soggy in the oil. I would have thought it would be better to brush on the oil and seeds and then cook them in the oven till crisp. Anyway I would highly recommend this, just leave out the chapatis the dish doesn’t need them.

This dish is from our Hellofresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Honey and Mustard Glazed Pork with Lentils

Succulent pork smothered with natural honey and whole grain mustard, earthy lentils with sweet apple, crunchy carrots, celery and Sage.

This was a lovely meal, it was never going to win any awards or be on the cover of good food . But, what this was, was a homely, hearty midweek dinner that left you feeling satisfied. It is a meal that doesn’t feel like you are being good and getting 2 of you 5 a day.

I have mentioned before my growing love for lentils and this just cemented that for me. Not only are they tasty but they are a good source of carbs and fibre. I used to be a meat, potato and veg man. I think I am now a meat and pulse or cereal man.

This recipe is from our hello fresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Duck with lentils and Spring greens

This is not my recipe. This recipe came with our Hello Fresh box. www.hellofresh.co.uk

Follow the link to the recipe on their website here.

Lentils, mmm lentils. These little Blighters are working there ways into one of my favourite ingredients. I remember from a young age my Mum making stews with pearl barley and lentils. I hated it, I picked out the beef and drank the gravy and left the rest. The thought of pulses, grains and the like we’re inconceivable to me as food stuffs. They weren’t meat or potato, they were painted with the same brush as vegetables and that brush had the ghastly shade of inedible. Now I can’t get enough of the lentils, maybe I should try pearl barley again. 

The jury is still out on the greens I think I like them, I wouldn’t pick them with a meal I was planning and I don’t think they were properly suited to this meal but I ate them without complaint. The duck which was cooked rare was amazing but.. the lentils made the meal the duck was good but better with them, the greens were good but only with them. The apple added a nice sweetness that was not needed but a welcome addition.