2012/05/31

List this... (FFwD: Lentil, Lemon & Tuna Salad)

This salad felt a lot like the past week.

Unceremoniously tossed together, thrown into a bowl and dished out to the world.

Apparently, I've kicked it over into survival mode.

I didn't come to this realization until I looked at my desk.

And saw the lists.

When I get stressed out, I start making lists. Lots and lots of lists.

It makes me feel like I have the tiniest bit of control .

By the way, Google docs are A-maz-ing. I can make lists in spreadsheets and share them to The Dude. There is no escaping the list maker.

Anyhoo...



Now, I love me some lentils.
I love me some tuna.

And I totally love olives.

Which is a good thing.

Because I am the only one eating this salad.

Like my lists, this salad made me happy; but proved irritating to the world around me.

Well, it made me happy for the first few days, but by the fourth day I felt like it was coming out of my nose. Enough already. We needed a break from each other.


P.S. Here is where I may have diverted from the directions:

Instead of using preserved lemon, I used a salt that I had rubbed lemon zest into. (Idea triggered by some brilliant ladies who both happen to live "north of the border": Candy and Mardi - thanks, ladies!).

Instead of using tapenade, rough chopped oil cured olives were tossed into the mix.

Served up alongside a batch of homemade naan, this was a perfect lazy-girl dinner. (And I got to cross off two June recipes from my list...)


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. Please check out the FFwD site to see other blogger's version of this week's recipe.

25 comments:

  1. I passed on this one because I don't own preserved lemons and am definitely not going to finish them before I move if I buy them now. They seemed integral to the recipe. Maybe I'll try your plan...

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  2. It's been a while since I last visited! Love the clean look of your blog but I'm even more impressed with your photos. Sounds like you're a little overwhelmed with life and photographing your dinner may not be of highest priority. But still, I really like how your photos turn out this week. The naan looked superbly fluffy!

    You certainly made me smile that you were a bit tired of eating all these lentils by yourself. I share the same problem but I have a feeling that mine will be all gone in two meals. :)

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  3. Haha! I am JUST writing my post talking about all the - ahem - changes I made to this recipe ;) I halved the recipe and we had it with beet salad and baguette and brie and felt oh so French. I wish I had saved some naan too (Candy's right - yours look lovely and fluffy!) Have great weekend!
    PS: I am a supreme listmaker too!!

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  4. Dear Listmaker, I'm amazed that you ate this salad four days in a row! Does it even keep that long? I'm just making mine now and was just about to skip on the preserved lemon (don't have any) when I read your zest-rubbing method. Maybe I'll try that too, then! PS. I think I'm also going to be the solo consumer of this salad so I better half the recipe now...

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  5. I'll probably be eating this myself for several days because my boyfriend didn't care for it. Great post and substitutions!

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  6. Your photos are great! I love your naan kind of hiding in the background! I skipped making this one because it seemed unlikely that I would like it and Tristan took one look at the recipe and said "No" so I didn't want to be stuck eating it all by my lonesome. Bring on the ice cream for next week though, I am excited to try that!

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  7. By the time I got around to considering this recipe, late Thursday afternoon, there was no time to hunt down preserved lemons or make tapenade, but I wish I had known about the salt and lemon zest trick! Not sure the man in my house was overly happy with this salad for dinner either, but he cleaned his plate and we have no leftovers!

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  8. Great job! I did mine this morning for lunch... and then wound up not liking it, thank god for leftovers! :)

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  9. I can relate to your lists...they never end. When I finally cross everything off one, I've already begun several more. I'd love to catch up just once! And this salad would go well with naan...great idea. Almost makes me want to eat it again, but since I was in the healthy mode and made a huge pot of lentils...and I've been eating them for a few days, I'm feeling like you. Can't eat them again today! enjoyed your post.

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  10. I am also the chief list officer in my family and can so relate to the idea of making lists to ease the stress. My dude mostly ignores them so maybe I need to give this Google docs thingy a look-see.

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  11. I am glad that I am not the only one who left out the preserved lemons - if I had added them to the lentil salad, I believe I would have nibbled on that salad for a solid four days in a row as well. The Naan looks wonderful and I am sure it tasted really good together with your salad!

    Have a wonderful weekend (hopefully without too many lists)!

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  12. Oh, I totally understand the lists...I usually have a couple going at once! I seemed to have no problem eating this 3 days in a row...it was so much better than I ever expected! Enjoy your weekend~

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  13. Thanks for the Patricia Wells' suggestion, Cher. Nice of you to cher that advice. I have all her cookbooks up to and including "Vegetable Harvest." Requested this one from the library and they already have it waiting for me. I kinda think 4 days of lentils is way over the top. Coming out your nose indeed. Now, lists, that's another matter. Organized women make lists. The end. I am not commenting on the Naan, about how beautiful it looks, how delicious it looks and how ahead of the game you are! Hope you are recovered from the Birthday Wkend.

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  14. I agree - this is the perfect lazy girl lunch, and that's exactly what I did.

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  15. I love your photos - your salad looks perfect and it's nice to get a preview of the naan, too.

    I liked how easy it was to improvise on this salad. Your variations sound great.

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  16. Good looking plate of lentils Cher! I love that google list thing, since I´m so lazy to follow them. Olives sound much better than the tapenade. Great weekend to you!

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  17. I couldn’t survive without my lists! I had to laugh when you said you were the only one eating this salad…me too! But I loved it! I enjoyed it for lunch the last two days! Have a great weekend, Cher!

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  18. Life as I know it would cease to exist where it not for the lists. In fact, this salad is on my list to make up when I cross enough other things off my list to make time for it. I wish I could buy preserved lemons at the A and P as they are on one of my lists to get and I don't know where so I will probably have to move them to my 'buy online' list and that seems like a lot to ask for making a lentil salad. Where does Dorie shop?

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  19. Good looking plate that the lentils are unceremoniously tossed in... I like your life's comparison.

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  20. I am a big fan of Evernote and GroceryIQ to share my lists with the hubs - or rather, he's the one who passes notes or adds stuff that I need to buy. I substituted the preserved lemon with a Meyer lemon oil I found at HomeGoods and made an impromptu tapenade (chopped olives, squirt of anchovy paste, pinch of Herbes de Provence) in the same jar I mixed the dressing.

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  21. I made this with the naan as well! I think they went well together. Very nice salad, I thought. I hate to make lists, but I know they can be useful, so I put up with them. Maybe one of those apps someone mentioned above would help, but I am probably too lazy.

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  22. i like the google docs list idea. i'm constantly emailing to-do lists to my husband, which he constantly ignores...i liked this salad a lot too. and your naan look excellent.

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  23. I loved the flavors of this salad. It made a tasty lunch! I love making lists to clear my brain, but then I lose track of them so they don't always help me accomplish anything. I'm resigned to living in a state of constant chaos, I fear.

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  24. The salad and naan look like a great meal - you should get a gold medal for using your leftovers! I've sort of used google docs before, but sous chef won't open up attachments on anything but email and even then he's so paranoid about virus that he ignores them -or perhaps he just ignores mine?

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  25. This is another recipe I'll have to revisit one day, sounds right up my alley!

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