Our childhoods forms us into who we are, no matter the fact we grow and change through our life’s path. It is in our DNA, our blood and it forms our basic perceptions. I grew up nibbling on radishes and carrots pulled out of the backyard, in times when families made their own pantry jars for the winter. I still remember the savory sweet smell of plum jam and bathtub full of floating pickles.
After teenage cravings for gummy bears and years of supermarket food, I was startled with the look of vegetables and fruit on the markets. You could see it was handcrafted, apart from the manufactured store bought moulds. And the flavors…they took me back with “grandma’s apples and summer of ’89 nostalgia”. I am finnaly rediscovering my roots and the glory of digging them from dirt.
So, here is a warm salad for the first cold days, with root vegetables and last fresh basil leaves as the reminder for the summer.
Warm lentil salad with beets and potatoes
- 2 beets
- 3-4 small potatoes
- cooked green lentils
- goat cheese
- basil leaves
- olive oil, black pepper, salt, garam masala
Cook beets and potatoes, with the skin on in salty boiling water. Peel and dice. In a large pan heat the olive oil add cooked lentils, beets and potatoes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garam masala. Serve warm topped with goat cheese and basil leaves.