Dinner, Provençal style

20 Aug

Tonight’s dinner was a turkey cutlet grilled with summer vegetables and herbed lentils. My friend Megan came over for dinner and I wanted to wow her. Megan and I used to live together in college. Our former idea of gourmet was ramen noodles and, sadly, macaroni and cheese from the box.

Now that we are a little older (just a little older) and a bit more worldly, our palettes crave more sophisticated things. I started by marinating the turkey in red wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, and herbs de Provence. I let the turkey marinate for 4 hours. The food from Provence is simple, and emphasizes the quality of the food. The region is in the Southern part of the country and is highly influenced by the Mediterranean lifestyle. There is a lot of use of lemons, olives, and fish.

The dish I made for dinner tonight highlights the treasures of Provence. The turkey came out juicy and flavorful. The vegetables were soft, but still had texture. But the key was the lentils. The only time I’ve made lentils in the past was in soup. But I’ve been missing out.

Recipe for Lentils

1 cup lentils to 4 cups water, 1 cup red vinegar, 1/2 cup minced onions, 2 tablespoons garlic, and 1 tablespoon herbs de provence. bring to a simmer and stir occasionally. You’ll know when they are done when they are just al dente.

IMG_0756The greenery that you seen in the picture is watercress. The peppery bite that you get from the watercress helps to balance the sweetness of the grilled vegetables. I tossed it in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Give this recipe a try. Something new to wake up your taste buds 🙂

Always thinking of the next meal


One Response to “Dinner, Provençal style”

  1. Rachel August 20, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    Would it be wrong to say that I am completely jealous that Mego sampled your food and I haven’t been able to yet and you two hung out and I couldn’t be there? I miss you both!

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