Quinoa, Basmati and Red Lentil Pilaf; the Update


It’s almost done.

One of the drawers needs adjusting….

And the towel bar will actually go on the wall rather than laying across the sink. (I didn’t notice it until I uploaded the photo.)

There are no shelves inside, yet….

But, all in all, we are most pleased.


I can’t wait to start filling all those drawers!

He has a few things to wrap up – finish the tile around the tub, hang that pesky towel bar, hang the door and then it’s on to new projects.

A big one is next.

The ceiling.

Other than the bathroom, which now has a ceiling, the area is open to the roof tiles. No rain gets in but the wind can howl through something fierce.  Now that we have everything opened up we have to get the ceiling done, with insulation between it and the roof before winter sets in.

That would be the ‘royal’ we as I will be totally useless.

I’m very good at nagging, though…..

I just now caught him outside slacking off…. (He was cutting firewood – but, still….)

Once the ceiling is up and insulated, he’ll be able to work up there all winter.  Won’t that be nice.

I, of course, will be down here stoking the fires to keep us warm.

This will be the last update for a few weeks as I am off to visit the US at the weekend.  Mon mari will be staying here to mind the dogs – and work on the ceiling.  MLLA27Logo400Final

I’m expecting great things upon my return and will duly share.

For once, the fates have aligned and I have something to submit to My Legume Love Affair.

This is one of my favorite events, started  2 1/2 years ago by Susan, of The Well-Seasoned Cook.

It always seems like I remember it and don’t have a good entry or I have great food and don’t remember.

Well, not this month my friends.

When we first moved to Ireland I saw a pretty jar of red lentils sitting on a neighbor’s kitchen counter.

I was totally unfamiliar with them, but, they were pretty and I had to have some.

Of course the first thing I did was try to cook them like regular lentils, as a vegetable side dish, and I ended up with, well, something closely resembling the Indian dish, dal

Of course I didn’t know that’s what it resembled at the time either.

I now use them often, but in non-traditional ways, mainly to thicken soups or sauces.

I saw this recipe in France magazine – not a cooking magazine, just about living and traveling in France.

Since it used three of my favorite ingredients, and was dead easy, I had to try it.

Exactly as I thought: simple and delicious…. a 15 minutes legume side dish.

Quino, Basmati and Red Lentil Pilaf

Quinoa, Basmati Rice and Red Lentil Pilaf

1/2 cup Basmati rice
1/4 cup black or red quinoa
1/2 cup red (coral) lentils
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 onion
2 tsp olive oil

Roughly chop onion and sauté in a medium saucepan.  When tender, add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until done and all stock is absorbed.  Check when almost done and add more stock if needed.

Isn’t that simple?  Great, healthy side dish in no time!

Susan will post all the wonderful legume recipes after September 30th.  If you have one to submit, check her blog for details.

11 thoughts on “Quinoa, Basmati and Red Lentil Pilaf; the Update”

  1. Enjoy your trip! The weather here in MN has been cool and a bit rainy, but nice sun in the afternoon the last couple of days. Trees are just starting to change. If you are here Friday night, I’ll be teaching needlework at Ingebretsen’s in S. Mpls. (Lake Street and 17th, I believe) — stop by to say hi! They have an awesome deli! 🙂 (Ok, both shops close up at 5:30 and the class starts at 6, but I can be there early. There are knitters meeting at the needlework shop at around 3:30, and the deli has awesome cheese.)
    So for an actual food question, because the pilaf looks really yummy: Are your red lentils split? What I have that was labeled a “red lentil” looks to me like a red split pea. I’m just not sure if they are actually the same thing or what. They seem to disintegrate pretty readily in soup and whatnot, so I’m guessing they are at least similar.

  2. Delish, Katie! A very novel use all great textures. Thanks so much for joining MLLA (and the kind words)!
    Your bathroom looks wonderful. Have a great time in MN.

  3. Jubilada, thanks, I’ll tell him.
    Zoomie. thanks, but I’ll have some time to post – I think
    Laurie, I’m not in Mpls on he weekends, I visit my mother and she lives further south. I’ll check out the shop, tho, thanks. Your red lentils are the the same, they do look like red split peas.
    And to everyone else – thanks, I’ll tell mon mari… and thanks for voting, Penny

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