This soup is thick enough to almost be a stew, a completely satisfying bowl on a chilly rainy night No. 533 in the Collection–Montcomb’s Spicy Lentil Soup– the newest Little Jewel Recipe.
SPICY LENTIL SOUP
I first brought you this recipemany years ago on the blog. It was complete with not so great food photos, early in my food photography days. Since then I have made it for years and just cooked up a pot of soup the other day and I wanted to share the evolution of the recipe.
As I recounted in my first post, the visit to Montcomb’s in Belgravia was magical. “As we descended down the dark, narrow stairs directly off a street in the shiny Belgravia district of London; this was not looking promising. We were there on a quest for a proper meal in London, intrigued, but not hopeful, we reached the bottom of the stairs facing a dark wooden door; down here we were instructed from the pub above, we would find the restaurant. We had come this far, so we guardedly opened the door.”What commenced is shown here in my original post. Entering this beautiful restaurant, what a surprise.Atrue story!
As far as food memories, this was really a great one. The soup has evolved over the years, with a few changes. I checked and it is no longer on Montcomb’s menu although the restaurant still is going strong. The soup has evolved in my kitchen over the years. The basic ingredients stay the same but I have made the soup a bit chunkier than the original, almost a stew.I have also a few options noted regarding the sausage and seasonings, see COOK’S NOTES in the recipe.
Cozy up with a bowl of Montcomb’s Spicy Lentil Soup – another Little Jewel from the Collection.
Into the Pink. Enter through the classic Pink Door in Seattle and experience their famous Caesar Salad. Join me on Bijouxs Litltle Jewels for another Membership Collection Classic. No. 521 PINK DOOR CAESAR SALAD. Continue reading Pink Door Caesar Salad
A take on the retro friend ‘Shake’n Bake’ seasoning goes grain-free and gets amped up with spices–bake up some Crispy Baked Shrimp more Little Jewels from the Kitchen.
Bake don’t fry, let’s keep this recipe easy and healthy. No need to fry these shrimp, they are perfectly crispy baked in the oven with a savory crunchy coating. You could fry these shrimp, but why?
As you can see, a sheet pan works perfect to bake the shrimp to a crispy golden brown.
JUMBO TAIL ON SHRIMP
Don’t skimp on the shrimp. Jumbo or Large shrimp tail on are optimal for this recipe. Source your shrimp from your local fish monger where you can ensure the shrimp is fresh and from a sustainable source.
It’s nice to keep the tail on to hold while you dip the shrimp in your favorite seafood sauce.
SPICY COCKTAIL SAUCE
No need to make your own cocktail sauce. I use a good organic brand and doctor it up with a little Old Bay Seasoning, just the kick a bottled sauce will need.
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Extra-crispy grilled chicken thighs are bathed in a lush Parsley & Olive Salsa, rich with olives, fresh chili and lemon-another Little Jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen.
The real key to this recipe is cooking the chicken until the skin really crispy and brown, this helps the chicken hold up to this rich salsa.
PARSLEY & OLIVE SALSA
The definition for salsa is “A spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment”. That seems to ring true for this lively sauce. I saw the sauce here and wanted to try it, but of course you need to be a member to see the recipes, it’s that way all over-no more free online. In fact, I too had to move to a Membership Collection for my 500+ recipes, the website costs have really sky-rocked.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE
This is such a great start to the New Year, cleaning out the refrigerator/freezer! A no waste tactic to use what I already have on hand-a lesson from my favorite book “An Everlasting Meal” by Tamar Parker. I use her wonderful way with on-hand vegetables, as in my Autumn Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe No. 245. Worth a look.
For this recipe I reworked my favorite raw olive sauce recipe, and my FIRST ever post on the website, Summer Tomato Sauce which I still use on regular meal rotation. I created this current sauce as close to the one I wanted. The jalapeño is what keeps this in the spicy salsa family!
Crispy chicken is bathed in the Parsley & Olive Salsa and served family style on a platter. I add to this with a simple green salad and a scoop of chocolate gelato for dessert. Simple.
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