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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 06, 2009 16:08

How long should puy lentils be cooked for?

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Post by crystalball » Tue Jan 06, 2009 16:38

I'd say about 20 minutes if you're making a salad type thing and you want them a bit crunchy, and around 40 if you want them mushier for a soup or something. What are you making?

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 06, 2009 16:41

Thanks. I'm making this: it says cook according to the instructions on the packet, but there aren't any.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Carys » Tue Jan 06, 2009 17:05

I couldn't find puy lentils on Tesco.com so I got green lentils instead. Are they the same thing?

I'm doing Spiced Puy Lentils later in the week, and have just made Fennel and Mushroom Casserole.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 06, 2009 18:20

Virginia Plain wrote:I couldn't find puy lentils on Tesco.com so I got green lentils instead. Are they the same thing?
No - puy lentils are smaller and darker, sort of a black colour.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Jan 06, 2009 18:22

What lentils could I substitute if I can't find puy ones or if they're one million dollars?

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Jan 06, 2009 19:28

Beluga lentils are a decent substitute for puy lentils, as are whole red lentils, but i think both of these may be more difficult to find than puy. The large green lentils are not a good substitute -- you'd be better off using mung beans (but those take forever to cook).
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Carys » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:14

So where do you get puy lentils from them? Meh.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:23

Virginia Plain wrote:So where do you get puy lentils from them? Meh.
If I can find them in Sheffield, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding them in London!

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Uncle Ants » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:38

humblebee wrote:
Virginia Plain wrote:So where do you get puy lentils from them? Meh.
If I can find them in Sheffield, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding them in London!
Sainsburys ... and no doubt a lot of other places too. I thnk even the Coop in Stabbo sell them and if they sell them, you should be able to get them anywhere. I love Puy lentils - they make a fabulous veggie shephards pie.
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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:44

Uncle Ants wrote:Sainsburys ... and no doubt a lot of other places too. I thnk even the Coop in Stabbo sell them and if they sell them, you should be able to get them anywhere. I love Puy lentils - they make a fabulous veggie shephards pie.
Oooh. I've made a smashing veggie shepherd's pie using green lentils, but yeah, I bet it'd be even better with puy lentils.

And the word 'puy' is so cute!

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:51

humblebee wrote: And the word 'puy' is so cute!
do we pronounce it "poi" or "pwee?" i can't be dealing with "Pwee"
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:03

I pronounce it like 'poiee', but said quickly.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Uncle Ants » Wed Jan 07, 2009 13:07

roundbitsofplastic wrote: do we pronounce it "poi" or "pwee?" i can't be dealing with "Pwee"
Do you really want to know how it's pronounced? Be warned ... you may not be able to deal with it :)
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by stolenwine » Wed Jan 07, 2009 13:27

Virginia Plain wrote:So where do you get puy lentils from them? Meh.
we get them from ocado so i'm sure waitrose must do them.

i pronounce them "pwee" but my mother in law pronouces them "pie".

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Jan 07, 2009 13:36

All I know is that the Puy of Puy-de-Dôme is pronounced almost like 'pwoy' (it's difficult to write though), so if they're named after there then that's how they should pronounced. But I guess it doesn't matter anyway.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jan 07, 2009 13:41

Mr Bear wrote:All I know is that the Puy of Puy-de-Dôme is pronounced almost like 'pwoy' (it's difficult to write though), so if they're named after there then that's how they should pronounced. But I guess it doesn't matter anyway.
yea, that's where they originate from or something
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Jan 07, 2009 17:19

Sootyzilla wrote:Beluga lentils are a decent substitute for puy lentils, as are whole red lentils, but i think both of these may be more difficult to find than puy. The large green lentils are not a good substitute -- you'd be better off using mung beans (but those take forever to cook).
Thanks!

My grocery store likely doesn't have them, but I'll check Whole Foods maybe.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Wed Jan 07, 2009 17:24

Now you've reminded me that there is a Whole Foods shop in London but I'm worried it's going to be dead expensive because I only ever see posh people carrying bags from it and also it's in Kensington. Is it expensive in that America?

Has anyone got a good veggie shepherds pie recipe then?

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Jan 07, 2009 17:26

It's expensive if you're not careful. The store's own brand isn't bad, and the bulk items and spices aren't expensive. But it's hard not to get tempted by things that look awesome but are crazily expensive.

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