Day 69: A difference of opinion

March 10, 2007

L’s family arrived from Denmark this evening to visit for a week, and had the dubious joy of watching us cook Garlic and Mint Lamb Patties on Lentil Salad. This seemed to be a pretty convoluted recipe to follow, but in fairness that could have been because we were having an animated discussion regarding the different levels of water in toilet systems in America versus Denmark.

The lentil salad was made with radishes, shallots, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, red wine vinegar, parsley and of course lentils. L thought that it tasted of swamp, I didn’t eat more than a taste, but the in-laws thought that it was pretty good and tasty. Perhaps they were just being polite, or maybe we’re just particularly negative. I think it may be our collective lentil aversion shining through. The lamb patties were made with onion, mint, parsley and olive oil. They were actually pretty nice; delicately flavoured and a nice small size relative to the enormous burgers we have been making recently. The whole meal was served with flatbreads.

Overall, this meal was a little labour-intensive for the result. Tomorrow, we will be making Sardine and Bread Crumb Pasta with Puttanesca Salad with both sardines and anchovies. I am not so happy with this option, although the Danish majority seem pretty content.

We still can’t get our images to upload, despite ranting on the phone once again to customer support to Netfirms, our webhost. Apparently there is no one that I can speak to about this until Monday, although obviously they are working tirelessly to repair the problem. If this goes on much longer, we may have to move to another host, so apologies in advance for any downtime. Surely they’ll resolve the issue soon, I have to believe.

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  • Reply mitch March 11, 2007 at 9:39 am

    The spirited discussion of toilet water levels sounds interesting and I wish I could have been there. “tasted of swamp” is a vivid descriptor and not the way I would choose to use lamb meat.

    In other us vs. denmark news, we prefer labor, not “labour,” for what it’s worth.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project March 11, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Hi Mitch,
    The lamb was not swampy, only the lentils. The Danish word for “labor” is “arbejde”, “labour” is all British. I hope that doesn’t offend you too greatly, our daughter will skip the u, but we’re fans of the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • Reply one year project » Blog Archive » Day 88: A little more mercury March 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    […] L rated this meal a well-balanced winner, despite not being in the mood for fish. The vegetables were very spring-like in colour and flavour, with good textural contrast between crunchy and succulent. The fish was well cooked, and could only have been improved upon if it was cooked on the grill. Overall, a success, and very quick and easy to prepare. Tomorrow we’ll be having Lamb Patties with Garlic and Mint over Mediterranean Chopped Salad, which sounds remarkably like Garlic and Mint Lamb or Chicken Patties on Lentil Salad. […]

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