Candy Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

‘What’s going to occur to us?’ I requested. ‘There’ll at all times be us,’ he answered.
Patti Smith

This weekend was just a bit bit particular. Not as a result of we did something notably floor breaking – except you think about portray partitions and sweeping the highest of our outdated storage a specific thrill! With three superb days and nil work scheduled this lengthy weekend, I’d been wanting ahead to this lengthy weekend of hermit-hood greater than something I’d deliberate in latest reminiscence. With life as of late being a whirlwind of working a number of initiatives, maintaining with health targets, and nonetheless making an attempt to remain on high of the wants of the ever evolving household – I really like being at house in my down time, with my household, getting shit carried out.

This previous week we mentioned goodbye to an expensive outdated pal, who, after 15 years (FIFTEEN YEARS!) of our household being rooted on this home, had sadly outgrown it’s usefulness and began doing harm (we’ve all had associates like that, proper?). Our beloved yard cherry tree, who greeted us each spring with its stunning white blossoms, after which cloaked our yard in its superb inexperienced branches all summer season lengthy, was lower down. Over time the roots had grown so aggressively that something of their path was threatened, together with the inspiration of our pricey outdated home. What bought me was the truth that this tree – this beautiful tree – had been there since earlier than we moved in as a household of simply three. It’s unusual how one thing so easy can remind you of the passage of time and the way necessary it’s to remain within the right here and now. We get so caught up in planning, and searching in direction of the longer term that we overlook sooner or later we’ll be there very quickly. Sooner or later. Dwelling it at the moment.

Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

My children at the moment are nearly near grown, with the youngest being 12 headed onto what looks as if 20, along with her older sister staring down the barrel of her early years of angsty younger maturity. I really feel strain now greater than ever to be there for them, to instil in them the final pearls of knowledge that may carry them on to being robust, assured ladies in a world so filled with prospects: each scary and superior. Weekends like these permit me to re-engage with all a very powerful folks in my life. To go for early morning drives up a quiet freeway, not saying a phrase trigger phrases aren’t required. To brush out cobwebs and paint through the years with a recent coat of completely white Benjamin Moore (I actually painted my basement workplace and household room at the moment). To replenish, and to reject too – the issues, emotions, and ideas that don’t serve us, and to start out with a recent clear slate that makes you are feeling gentle. Generally the burden of reminiscence is usually a refined one, typically its heavy. I’ve solely the fondest recollections of my tree, and the tales it may inform having resided with us all these years.

Having mentioned all that, carry on a light-weight crammed yard and the probabilities of all that the longer term holds, taking all of it on one superb day at a time. Make this salad with any recent greens you’ve in your backyard or can discover on the market – the corn is the actual star right here and combines superbly with the lentils. And this dressing is one among my all time faves 😉 Take pleasure in!

Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Candy Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing:

1 cup Beluga Lentils (or French lentils)
1.75 cups water
2 cups chopped kale, removes from stems
1/2 to 1 cup minced crimson onion
3 scallions, slices
2 cobs recent corn, steamed and faraway from the cob
1/4 cup recent Italian parsley, minced
1 recipe Honey Mustard Dressing
Sliced cherry tomatoes for garnish

Mix the lentils and water in a medium pan with the lid on and produce to a boil. As soon as boiling, flip warmth to medium and cook dinner till the lentils are tender, about 30-35 minutes. Add extra water in little or no bits as essential and make sure you verify the lentils to keep away from overcooking.

Whereas the lentils cook dinner, put together the dressing and the greens – cooking the corn for 8-10 minutes in a steamer basket earlier than eradicating the kernels from the cob with a pointy knife. When the lentils are cooked (cautious to not allow them to get mushy), take away them from the pot and add to a big mixing bowl. Mix the veggies, lentils, and honey mustard dressing to style and luxuriate in.

Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing