The late 60s, early 70s "classic." If you thought the only contributions the so-called hippies made to fine dining was to empty a bowl to get up an appetite for dinner, you have another think coming. This is the pre-fat hysteria, pre-vegan guide to delicious vegetarian food that won't leave you hungry an hour after dinner. Don't forget to visit her web site where she has posted new recipes, as well as information about her life and cookbooks. And don't forget to order a copy of this essential cookbook at barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
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Index to the recipes:
"Sift together dry ingredients. Beat the egg with the milk and add it to the flour mixture along with the melted butter. Stir everything up well.
"Spread the batter in a buttered 9-inch pie dish and bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until it is lightly browned around the edges.
"Serve hot with butter.
"Serves 4 to 6 generously--and that's the way you have to serve this bread."
Serves 6 but you can freeze the extras.
"Douse the lentils with the boiling water, add the salt, and let them stand, covered, for about an hour. Chop the onion, the celery stalk, and the bell peppers. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a saucepan and add to it the Bakon yeast and vegetable broth powder. Add the diced vegetables, brown sugar, and a bay leaf, and saute for a few minutes before adding it all to the lentils.
"Cook over a very low flame for about 1-1/2 hours. Mix together the flour and the catsup (or tomato pureer). Add a little of the hot soup to this, stirring well, then return it all to the pot. Grind in some black pepper, heat through, and serve."
6 to 8 servings but, don't forget, you can freeze extras for later.
The strange thing about this recipe is that I have never once followed it step-by-step or word-for-word. It is more a good memory jog for ideas about how to make a good "creole" lentil dish than it is something that needs to be slavishly followed. Often I cut back quite a bit on the water and make it as a side or main dish rather than a soup.
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