Sunday, July 29, 2012

Eastern Potato and Lentil Bake

Another weekend has come and gone, and again I find myself curled up in bed far too early on a Sunday night, but it is just TOO cold to do anything else!

Last night Mr B and I had tickets to see Miss Pole Dance Tasmania and as it turns out, Mr B's sister and her partner were going as well, so we all decided to meet up beforehand and go to one of our favourite little restaurants, Amigos. Not only do they do the best mexican food, but they make awesome margaritas, ranging in size from regular to fishbowl to 1 litre jugs (which of course the boys had to try!)

After dinner we made our way to the show and I tell you what we were all completely enthralled all night, some of the things these girls could do were nothing short of amazing and required some serious strength! It was a lot of fun to watch and definitely made me wish I had kept going to the classes. I have a pole set up in our spare bedroom and it's great fun and great at building your strength up, but if I was still going to classes I would also be learning new tricks and moves as well. I think I will have to either look at going back to classes or really committing to spending more time practising at home!

This morning Mr B spoilt me with eggs, bacon, toast and coffee in bed - it was really raining hard outside and it was lovely sitting up in bed reading the paper with a beautiful breakfast! Plus he added a local product called Bush Dust (which is made of macadamia nuts, bush tomatoes, herbs, spices and Tasmanian native pepper) to the eggs and they were amazing!

We paid some more money off our new furniture today too which is very exciting, I can't wait to see how it all looks when we finally get it home. And then this afternoon we went to the movies to see Ted and eat choc-tops and popcorn and drink frozen fanta and generally just chill out. This weekend has gone way too fast, but for a change, we weren't so crazy busy that it passed us by, we actually got to enjoy it.

So you have had a great weekend yes?

And you don't want to come home after work on Monday and think about what you have to cook? Let alone spend hours in the kitchen? Have I got the meal for you!

Eastern Potato and Lentil Bake Serves 4

You will need:
1 cup red lentils
1 onion, chopped
2 tspns crushed garlic
1 tsp curry powder
Now I used 1 tspn of Bush Dust here too but you could also use 1 tsp ground coriander and 1 tsp ground cumin instead.
1 stick celery, chopped
2 cups of chopped pumpkin
4-5 small / medium potatoes, peeled, diced and cooked
1 tbspn soy sauce
1 freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup extra light sour cream
3/4 cup low-fat grated cheese

Pre-heat oven to 180C

Place red lentils in a microwave safe dish and cover with water. Heat in the microwave for 7-10 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring frequently. Drain

In a lightly greased frypan over medium heat, add onion, garlic and spices. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until onions are soft

Add the celery and pumpkin and cook for a further 7-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender

Add the cooked potato, lentils, soy sauce, pepper and sour cream. Mix well to combine

Transfer the mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is golden

And you know what - this is totally one of those dishes that is even better the next don't even have to heat it up, eat it straight out of the fridge...with a fork...or a spoon....whatever takes your fancy!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Mrs B xx

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