We've been looking for different types of protein to feed Johanna lately. I seem to have handled daily life pretty well with minimal protein, but those nurses at the doctor's office really like to scare new parents into thinking that their children are all horribly malnourished. I was told last week that she's old enough for meat and was handed a list of acceptable foods. Since we're not huge meat eaters--and I don't want my child to wast away to an anemic nothingness--we've gone a little crazy with the legumes. Yes, it absolutely has something to do with Yotam Ottolenghi, but I really think it's because the "legume" aisle at the Moroccan grocers just looks so beautiful. I want to take every variety of lentil home and put them in gorgeous jars on a shelf (note to self: buy gorgeous, glass cannisters...and a shelf).
As a huge departure from the typical Dutch bread party that lunch tends to be, here is a lunch around these parts recently. Red lentil and cheese wedges with veggie and fruit slices.
I even made hummus this week, because I happened to have dried chickpeas laying around. The chickpeas were left over from my disastrous attempt to make falafel a few weeks ago (seriously, what is up with our middle eastern cuisine kick?). I'm not sure I'm cut out for frying food. Every time I'm supposed to cook something in a large vat of oil, it ends in disaster. So glad the hummus only required the food processor.