Thursday, 1 May 2014

John Dory and black lentils with a cider cream sauce.



Thank you for your kind comments and thoughts. We have had our third week of friends/family visiting, which has been lovely and a real tonic for me although I am drowning in piles of ironing this week!

I enjoy cooking lentils and I know they have a bad reputation, but give them a try like this.

Using about a cup of lentils per 2 people, bring to the boil half a pan of water. Put in the lentils and cook for five minutes on a high roll boil. Strain over the sink and put back in the pan with water covering the lentils and bring back to the boil then reduce the heat. Add in some stock cube to season. Cook for a further 13 minutes in all (check your packet but 18 minutes is about right for a packet that says 20 minutes). You must taste them to check - looking for a pleasant bite in them not mushy! If they are older and therefore drier, they will take longer to cook. These are black/caviar lentils which look fun on the plate! Add a little butter or olive oil at the end.  You always want to have a good few spoons of cooking liquid with it. I have added skinned and deseeded chopped tomatoes just at the end and they just warm trough staying raw rather than cooked tomatoes.  

The sauce is 1/ 4 cup of cider 1/2 cup of water, season and bring to the boil for a minute. Add in 1/2 cup of heavy cream. I then put in the fish and poach it for a few minutes spooning over the sauce. It must stay on the thin side so add more water if your fish is thicker (cod, haddock etc) and cook for longer. 

Have a good week!  I shall press on with readying the house for more guests!


11 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks amazing! Me and my family love lentils. I'll try this, be sure. We all missed you and your delightful recipes. I had a breack down too (family disease). And Aston? My princess has 1 year now and she's even more adorable. Greetings to you, Mark and Aston.

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  2. Hi Ivan! This looks wonderful and since we LOVE lentil dishes and fish, this will made soon. Thanks for taking the time to share this!
    Now, back to that ironing board and enough of this procrastinating! lol
    Sounds like you are enjoying yourself and in 'your element'!

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  3. Never heard of John Dory - I just looked it up. You taught me something new! Thanks.

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  4. that looks soooo tasty. My daughter just cooked lentils for us at lunch and they were very good, I immediately put them on my shopping list. what are those beautiful ribbed tomatoes in the bottom pic? enjoy

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  5. Looks delicious, as usual. Glad you're back at it... blogging that is. It's fun to draw inspiration from others' culinary adventures!

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  6. Sounds lovely, have a great weekend.

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  7. Hello Ivan:

    We adore all fish and very much appreciate lentils too so are certain that this would be a dish we should enjoy. Your house guests are most fortunate. In exchange for delicious lunches and dinners, could you not set them to work on the ironing?!!

    Jó hétvégét!

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  8. That looks so good, saving to try a bit later. I like lentils, and apparently, from the comments, so do others. :-)

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  9. Hi Ivan! I haven't made lentils a lot, but I'm going to try them with your recipe. I know they are supposed to be very healthy. And I enjoy poached fish, but I've never used cider. So I'm going to try that too. It's so good to see you back. Enjoy your lucky guests!

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  10. We enjoy lentils and have eaten our share of them ~ lately lentil burgers a la anything puts a smile on our face. Thanks for the recipe, my friend!
    Ron

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