Lentil Walnut Mushroom Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce that she recently posted for Thanksgiving. It is not Thanksgiving in Melbourne (now or ever) but it is the sort of recipe I love. In fact I thought if I made it into a loaf it would make a very nice nut roast. I didn't veer quite that far from the recipe. Not quite. However I didn't quite follow it. Here is what I did.
It was only in writing up the recipe that I noticed that I only used half the amount of nuts. It took long enough to shell those. Though it was very relaxing to sit and shell pistachios with Sylvia watching Peppa Pig. Less relaxing when she suddenly wanted to eat walnuts and my stocks were so low.
I finely chopped them with a knife but I think the mixture might have held better if I had coarsely ground them in a food processor or blender.
I cut some fresh rosemary and thyme from the garden - lopping off a bit of camelia bush that got in my way. I didn't measure it.
French lavender salt. I probably used too much salt. I did end up with these glorious purple balls. They didn't stick together very well. If you have been reading this whole post carefully, you will have some clues as to why.
I didn't have the fresh cranberries or the time to make the sauce that Angela made. I looked out an old jar of cranberry sauce. It was horrid. I found a jar of chutney in the pantry dated 2010. It tasted wrong. Finally I found a jar of Ploughman's relish that worked perfectly.
Added some fresh bread, asparagus and pickled beetroot. Not a bad meal
I also tried adding breadcrumbs but the mixture was still a bit crumbly.
I tried them with an avocado salad dressing and quite liked that but also returned to the relish.
I loved the colour. I loved all the interesting ingredients. I loved the balls in a sandwich with some relish and veg. I must work harder on making the mixture stick together. Three out of four aint bad!
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