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My two eldest boys challenged me to start a cooking blog with simple recipes that we can cook together - and my youngest one has now joined in. I am hoping they pick up some cooking and photograph skills... or that at least they learn to design and run a blog.


New Year and five years doing our blog. We actually celebrated two New Years yesterday: one at 23.00 eating twelve grapes with the sound of the clock at Puerta del Sol in Madrid and then at 24.00 watching the fireworks in London. So hope that brings double good luck. Italians say that what brings good luck is lentils, so this is a lentils salad to go with meat (especially duck) or blue fish. You need:

- 200 gr of lentils, half an onion and a bay leaf. Or alternatively two tins of already cooked lentils.
- grated rind and juice of one and a half lemons.
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- salt
- a generous amount of a mixture of herbs: basil, mint, parsley and coriander, chopped as thinly or coarsely as you like.

Boil the lentils in water with the half onion, salt and bay leaf for 30 minutes. Drain them well.  Heat the oil in a pan and fry the lemon rind (just 20 seconds, but keep watching it as it burns very easily). Pour the lemony oil on the lentils. Add the lemon juice, more salt and sprinkle the herbs on top. Done.