Monday, February 02, 2004

Yesterday's Dinner:
Lentil soup with chipotles and fried plantain garnish

We had high hopes for this dish. It came from a book we'd had alot of success with previously, Mexican Light by Martha Rose Shulman, and the combination of a ripe plantain's mellow sweetness and the smoky flavours of the chipotle seemed like a winner.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. Though the plantains were delicious, of course, the soup itself was more than a bit bland. I did the recipe spot-on per the book's instructions, since I'd never made it before. This was despite my best judgment that told me it would be too watery and not have enough flavor, which it was. It had the basics going on (beans, onions, garlic, salt, cumin), but it's lack of any flavor -enducing technique (it was a basic, throw 'em all in with a bunch of water and simmer until soft), kind of left the whole thing..blah.