Last night Miguel and I went out for dinner (after going to a Final Fantasy concert.....I love his music even more now!!!!). At the restaurant we chose, they serve horse. And they call it Quack and Track. Because they serve it with a leg of duck confit. Track?? How awful. I refused to eat it and kindly requested that Miguel never eat it in front of me either.
I guess some people would say, why will I not eat horse when I'll eat pretty much all other meats?? For me, it's the same reason that I would never eat dog, or cat, or dolphin etc etc. Because horses have become an intregal part of our daily lives, they have given their lives to humans on many occasions, allow us to train them and ride their backs and pull our heavy loads. Because it hurts my sensitive sensibilities.
Now, this is not meant to turn into an open forum for veggies versus omnivores. But I did think I would provide a veggie-friendly recipe this week because of my experience last night.
And warning: If Miguel ever invites you to La Palette, and you don't want to watch him eat horse, do not accept.
By the way, the rest of their food was delicious.
To the recipe:
This is a great "pantry" recipe because it is made of items that (I think) you would usually find in your cupboards or be able to purchase anywhere for little money. And it's hearty and delicious.
4-6 stalks celery
oil (I like olive or canola)
3-6 slices bacon (completely optional)
1 can tomatoes (whole or chopped)
1 can lentils
1 can water
handful of rice (completely optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Chop the celery and onions. [If you eat pork, chop the bacon and start browning it in a pan. Drain off the fat.] Add a tablespoon or so of oil to the bottom of a saucepan. Add the chopped celery and onions. Cook until they are translucent.
Open your can of tomatoes and can of lentils. Drain the lentils in a colander and rinse them. Add them to the celery and onions and stir. Add your can of undrained tomatoes. Stir together. Add a can of water.
[If you are adding rice, add a can and a half of water, plus the handful of rice] Simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. I generally find that it needs a lot of salt....those lentils soak up the flavour. I also like a lot of pepper, but as some people have found out, I may like too much pepper for your taste.
DONE and DELICIOUS.
ps. I rarely add the rice and only add the bacon if I have it handy. Either way, delicious.