1.24.2007

Lentils: the Poor Man's food

Once I was eating lunch with Kelly when we both worked in New York and she pulled out a Breyers yogurt for dessert. "Wow, that's the rich man's yogurt!" I cried. "Um it was 2 for 1 at the store," she said and then we looked at each other and laughed for about 10 minutes. Why do I think that Breyers is for rich men? What cultural context did I grow up in that taught me that? I can only assume that my association with Breyers is the vanilla ice cream (with black things, as we used to say as kids) that my dad always buys. I suppose I thought that said "black things" (even as an adult I still don't know what that crap is- crushed vanilla beans from Madagascar? Whatever.) made the ice cream fancier. Apparently not.

Anyway, I was reminded of this when I was surfing the Internet a minute ago, trying to find a recipe for Lentils. I purchased both Lentils and kidney beans at the store yesterday in an effort to branch out from canned corn. And here is what I found:

"Some foodies once considered lentils as poor man's food and refused to eat them because they are so inexpensive. Although they may be cheap, lentils are very nutritious, filling, and more importantly, arguably the most flavorful of all the legumes."

Although they may be cheap?!? This sentence fragment suggests that the cheap-ness of Lentils is inferior to their nutritious and flavorful qualities... I would like to suggest that the price of Lentils is not only the thing that pushed the decision to buy them over the edge, but the REASON for their purchase; the superiority of Lentils is PRECISELY their cheap-ness. Have such "foodies" ever considered buying green beans in winter in France? Well good luck! At 4.50euros per kilo, they better produce gold freakin' nuggets when planted in soil.

2 comments:

A.B! said...

Still on a recipe quest? My mom's lentil soup rules! Want it?

ev said...

you know i'm a big lentil fan myself, so here's something yummy: cook lentils and then add chopped up onion and ginger, squeeze in the juice of a half or whole lemon, and then add s+p and chili powder if you wanna. and if you don't already know, french green lentils are the BESSSSST MMMMM but they also take longest to cook. but they're MMMMMMMMMMMMMMy.