Hello, I’m Ben, and I have a confession to make.
Nope, this time it’s not about donuts.
It’s not about being a props addict either.
I’ve got a
bad horrible memory for names and faces. Indeed, usually, I remember well both names and faces. But I often remember them separately. Let’s say there are two guys, Brett and Greg. I will easily remember these two names. When it comes to distinguishing their faces, I will still know one of them is either Brett or Greg. It’s a half of success.
Now let’s imagine you’ve got to remember 50 people, eh? Worse, you should match the names to the faces.
As you may know, I’ve recently started my new job. New people and their names have always been the most challenging part of any new job to me. Exciting but yet challenging. I may not ever professionally communicate with most of them, but it still feels great when you know your co-workers.
It’s great when a person has a remarkable characteristic such as the voice or laugh. That really is a helpful thing. I also like when a few people share the same name. I mean, your chances to choose the right name dramatically increase. Could you imagine the situation when everyone in your team has the same name? #SuchaUtopianWorld
Or another story. Last Friday I remembered the name of one nice lady. Plus one. I was quite happy about such an event. However, later on I found out it was her last day at this company #SuchaUnfairWorld!
On the other hand, I’ve got a great memory for some small personal events and details such as the clothes, gifts or food. Specifically, I may not remember an event as a whole picture, but I can still remember what I or other folks were wearing or eating. Weird, isn’t it?
I may not fully remember all events Andrey and myself shared together, but I remember the first meal I made for him almost 10 years ago. Or I quite clearly remember our Valentine’s dinner in 2010. Why 2010? Why not 2012? By the way, if you’re interested, that year I made a shrimp salad with oranges and whiskey mayo dressing and tiramisu. As for 2011, I got a shrimp salad with sparkling wine jello cubes and tiramisu ice cream cake.
But 2012. Blank.
I’ve got a concept. Perhaps, I do remember only those meals when I incorporated alcohol.
In this case, I’m not going to remember this Roasted Butternut Squash Lentil Mash.
That’s good I have this blog, isn’t it?
With a Thanksgiving Day on the corner, this mash can be a nice option for your festive dinner. For those not celebrating Thanksgiving, this Roasted Butternut Squash Lentil Mash will be another comfort fall meal. Generously seasoned with smoked paprika and served with crispy chicken bacon and sage, it’s a perfect side dish. Indeed, we had it as a main course with some fresh greens, and we loved this satisfying high in protein mash.
To make it even healthier, you can easily ditch out the bacon. But I mean, who would ever do this, right?
But what about you, guys? Have you already decided on your Thanksgiving menu? Do you have any similar memory issues? And last….mmm….what’s my name, eh?
Roasted Butternut Squash Lentil Mash with Crispy Chicken Bacon and Sage is a simple, healthy, and delicious comfort fall dish. It's perfect for Thanksgiving too.
- 1 medium butternut squash, halved and seeded (for this recipe you will need only one half)
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 3-5 chicken bacon strips, sliced
- a handful of fresh sage
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Place the butternut squash halves on a baking sheet flesh side up. Roast about 25-30 minutes or until the flesh is fork-tender.
- In a meanwhile, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a pan and cook the onion and garlic 3-4 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the lentils and toss in the oil, for a minute. Add the water (about 1 cup or more), to fully cover the lentils. Decrease heat, cover the pan, and cook until almost ready, for about 15 minutes. Season with the salt and smoked paprika in the end.
- In another pan cook the chicken bacon few minutes or as recommended on the package. Add the sage and 1/2 tablespoon of oil (or butter) and cook another few minutes until the sage is crispy.
- Scoop out the flesh of one half (about 3 cups). Combine with the cooked lentils and process in a combine until smooth. Add the additional tablespoon of the butter. If the mash is too thick, you can add some light cream.
- Serve the mash with the crispy bacon and sage.