As some of you know, I write a fortnightly food column for Food24. They are great about letting me write whatever I like, so I have tremendous freedom to write about whatever interests me or crosses my path that week. A while back, I was chatting to Michelle, a fab fellow-South African who works at my gym and she said: “Write something about the dishes men cook to get back into their wives’ and girlfriends’ good books!”. I though this was a little narrow… but something about the idea appealed to me, and this seed eventually grew into a column entitled Dining on Venus and Mars. In it, I suggested there are some foods that women tend to cook, and some foods that men tend to cook, and ne’er the twain shall meet. In the bloke camp there were things like meat from a tin (e.g. bully beef/corned beef). And on the female menu, there were things like legumes – lentils and chickpeas and the like.
The reaction that my tongue-in-cheek and humorous column got was surprisingly vocal and vehement – loads of men leaping to the defence of their sex and denouncing me as clearly having married the wrong man, if that’s what my opinion of male cooking was. Why was I not more upset? Oh yes – because I don’t take marital advice from COMPLETE STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET! :o)
And what, may you ask, does this have to do with this month’s MLLA#16 roundup? Well, as far as I can tell (and apologies if I have wrongly identified your gender from your first name!!) we only had 3 out of 36 entries from men – and I’m tempted to get back to Mr Unsolicited Marital Advice and wave the statistics under his nose. We ladies love legumes – it’s a fact
Yes folks, dodgy statistics aside, it’s been another great month for My Legume Love Affair, the event created by the lovely Susan. Our entries ranged from a selection of delicious curries, to filling salads, to soups, burgers, and even a chickpea quiche, sent in by participants on four five continents. As I mentioned in the announcement post, there was also a prize, to be awarded on a random basis. Earlier today I asked hubby Nick to draw numbers out of a hat and I am pleased to announce that the winner of 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans and Grains as well as a Hurst Bean box was [drum roll] Joumana of the beautiful blog Taste of Beirut. Congratulations! Susan and Hurst will be in touch with you shortly.
And now, on to the main event – the recipes! Here they are, roughly in the order that I received them:
And that, as they say, is that – 36 bowls of leguminous deliciousness. Thanks very much to all those who participated, and thanks very much to Susan for entrusting her event to me this month. Next month your hostess for My Legume Love Affair #17 will be Sra of When My Soup Came Alive. Entries opened yesterday and the deadline is 30 November, so start loving those legumes!