This Week’s Lunch

There’s a David Gray song that has very recently been totally ruined for me.  The slow, aching longing that makes This Year’s Love so very beautiful is completely lost when one cannot help but sing the words “this week’s lunch” instead of “this year’s love”:

This week’s lunch had better last,
Heaven knows it’s high time.
I’ve been waiting on this lunch too long…

I blame it on my Sunday ritual of cooking up a large vat of something to see me through busy weekday lunch breaks.  Soup used to be my staple (this one or this one perhaps) but, for no particular reason, I’ve been eschewing liquid foods this winter in favour of rice or lentil based dishes.  

My current favourite (and the dish I’ve made for this coming week) is the following vegetable biryani.  Though not terribly authetic, I love this dish.  It’s nutritious and it’s filling and it’s tasty.  And that’s just what I need to perk me after a morning’s teaching. 🙂

Vegetable Biryani – adapted from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer

(makes 4 lunch-sized portions)

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tblspn ghee or vegetable oil

2 clove of garlic, chopped

1/2 tspn cinnamon

1/2 tspn turmeric

1/2 tspn pepper

1/2 tspn ground ginger

1 tspn salt

1/4 tspn cayenne pepper (optional)

1 carrot, chopped

5 button mushrooms, chopped

400g tin of chickpeas

1/4 cup red lentils

1/2 cup basmati rice

2 1/2 cups water

Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup frozen peas

Handful of coriander, chopped

  • Fry the onion in the oil until almost softened.  Add the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes more.
  • Add the garlic, spices and salt and fry for another few minutes.
  • And the chickpeas, lentils, rice and water and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat and put a lid on the pan.  Simmer gently for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
  • Add the peas and tomato.  Stir through and replace lid.  Leave for 5 minutes.
  • Stir through the coriander.

10 thoughts on “This Week’s Lunch

  1. Sophie – Me too. It’s highly satisfying. 🙂

    CatsPuke – You and me both. 🙂

    Johanna – Yeah, I’m sure I’ll get back into soup but at the moment I just never fancy it.

    Antonia – It really is. 🙂

    Maninas – Know what you mean!

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  3. Thanks to you I have had this song stuck in my head for the last few days! No longer so haunting though, and often ended with a giggle. Biryani looks good too!

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