I am having a bad food week. I blame the crappy weather. We had 20 cm of snow on Wednesday and we’re due for up to 30 more by tomorrow night. I am cranky and I think the kitchen can tell. First it was the pudding (which, it should be said, Chris really likes) and last night it was the lentil, sausage and kale stew I decided to make because I like all of those things and surely there must be a recipe for something like that somewhere on the great and powerful Internet?
There was. It was even a CL recipe. It didn’t specifically call for kale, but one of the commenters mentioned she wanted to try adding some sort of greens to the stew next time she made it, so I figured what the heck! I followed this recipe, leaving out the rosemary and carrot because I figured the sausage would add enough flavour (and besides, I don’t care for rosemary) to the lentils. Except that once I added the sautéed sausage to the stew and simmered it, the sausage bits refused to cook through. REFUSED. I mean, I had the stew at a high, covered simmer for 20 minutes and the no more than 1-cm wide bits of sausage were still stubbornly pink in the middle. Even microwaving did not help.
And, to add insult to injury, the sausage itself tasted terrible – greasy and spicy and otherwise flavourless. By that point the lentils and kale were overcooked to the point of mushiness, and we ended up tossing the whole thing and eating leftovers for supper. I am consoling myself with the fact that at least all of the ingredients were cheap. I hate wasting food, but no way was I going to poison myself with under/overcooked slop, either.
I’ve learned my lesson though: tonight, we’re eating out.