Rampant Eclecticism — for Lunch

Flavorful ingredients, no matter how disparate, can make for an excellent meal, if you are creative…and lucky.

Today’s lunch is a case in point.  The origins of this meal can be attributed to such distant places as Greece (leftover Briami — baked vegetables), Cyprus (Halloumi cheese), Japan (Shishito peppers), and the Punjab region in Central Asia (recipe used for Urad Dal – split black lentils).  Naturally, an Italian wine brought things all together — Aliseo, from the Amalfi Coast.

Now I know you are thinking: how in the world does he come up with such a cockamamie group of ingredients?  The answer is: one at a time.  Two days ago I found a small jar of Urad Dal in a cabinet above the refrigerator.  At the time, I was getting a rarely-used coffee grinder down for a meeting Barbara had planned with friends.  I had cooked this Dal before, and it takes nicely to sautéeing, so I was thinking of how to combine it with something.  Then, yesterday I went to Whole Foods and bought a new brand of Halloumi (Aphrodite – how could anyone pass up a cheese selected by Will Studd?), as well as a small package of Shishito peppers (my go-to frying peppers when I can’t find Padron peppers).

Of course, there are usually plenty of leftovers to choose from as well, such as the Greek vegetables, and some Jacob’s cattle beans, which I had cooked yesterday, and which always go nicely with legumes.  The meal was easy:

  • prepare the Dal, per recipe below
  • sautée a few slices of halloumi
  • sautée the Shishitos, and sprinkle them with sea salt
  • heat up the leftover vegetables in the remaining heat of the sautée pan
  • plate, pour,  and serve

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