Garam Masala Lentils

I've always been curious about garam masala. It certainly sounds interesting and tasty.

It's similar to a curry. A blend of spices. But it's less complex than a curry blend. It's usually used as a starting point and additional spices are added.

I got some as a gift and decided to try it with lentils and barley in a curry.

If you like curry and haven't yet tried adding garam masala, you should. It's easy to get online. It adds a whole new level of depth.

I love lentils in a curry because they need a lot of flavor and they bring texture as well as thickening properties. You don't want a loose or watery curry.

I made a huge batch. This yielded 2.5 quarts of food. So you may want to halve the measurements.

1 red bell pepper, diced
2 poblano peppers, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
2 serranos, minced
5 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup dry pearl barley
1 can coconut milk
3 heaping spoonfuls of my hari…

Pickled Cucumber Tomato and Celery Salad

A simple and refreshing summer salad full of texture and pop. Acidiic and sweet. Beautiful colors and flavors. This is a wonderful example of the great food that can happen when you simply wander through the store picking out the freshest produce, take it home and get creative.

4 stalks celery, sliced on the bias
1 large cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 large handful celery leaves, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 a jalapeno, minced

3 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup apple juice
3 tbls hot sauce
2 tsps thyme
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps salt

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss/stir to coat and combine. Chill at least 3 hours, preferably longer