Monday, November 10, 2008

Collard Greens Stir Fry & Lentils

I've never had collard greens before, so I figured I'd try the Veganomicon easy stir-fried leafy greens recipe which is pretty straightforward, any leafy green with some ginger, garlic and soy sauce. I was expecting the collard greens to taste kind of neutral like chard or kale, but instead it turned out to be bitter like mustard greens, which I'm not a fan of. Oh well. I added some hummus to it to try and salvage the situation, it helped. It needs to be mixed with other things to cut down on the strong bitterness, maybe quinoa or any other grain.

Since there were leftover lentils from the soup, I thought it would be easy enough to sautee some onions and add a few spices to jazz them up. But no. I'd already soaked the lentils overnight to make soup, so I brought them to a boil and let them simmer for 20 minutes. I forgot to add salt, and they kind of disintegrated. And the flavoring turned out to be off. I turned to hummus again for help, and it worked. So now I know I have a way to go before I become an intuitive cook who can live recipe-free.


Bethany said...

You are intuitive, because you fixed the recipe w/ hummus. Somebody that wasn't would have given up :)

I agree, collards are very bitter and I don't like that. The instructor that made the smoky collards which I liked said that adding molasses cuts down on the bitterness.

yasmin said...

I like the idea of adding molasses! I'll have to try that next time.

Bethany said...

Hey, I'm tagging you for a meme of sorts. It's cool because you list random facts about yourself. That's it :)

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