Where are we with lentils? I mean I lose track of whether they are good or not good. Are they a legume? Do they have lectins which will make you shrivel up and die like the baddie in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when he picks the wrong holy grail? If you get them out of a can are they processed? Are they going to bloat me up, make me fat, give me cancer?? And what about onions? Where are we with those?

Anyway look don’t tell me actually. It’s not like I eat them every day, only on special occasions and I always take my vitamins and go spinning to offset the potentially deadly effects of lentils.

I’m being silly! *Drops dead*.

This is a great midweek dinner, if you can get hold of some nice salmon. The lentils don’t sound that promising, but they are very good. You can skip out the cucumber yoghurt if you came back from the shops without the necessary stuff.

Salmon and spicy lentils

for 2

2 Salmon fillets

1 400g can cooked brown lentils, rinsed

1 onion – any shape or size, finely chopped

1 tsp each of cumin, garam marsala, turmeric

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

small knob ginger, chopped (this is not essential)

salt and pepper

olive oil


cucumber – about 2 inches in one piece

about 10 mint leaves

yoghurt, a couple of big spoonfuls

Pre-heat the oven to 220C

1 Fry the onion gently in some olive oil for 15 minutes then add the ginger and spices and continue to cook for another few minutes. Add the lentils and heat through.

2 Put the salmon fillets on some tin foil on a baking tray, season with salt and pepper and lay a lemon slice over each fillet – again, if you’ve run out lemons don’t freak out and throw the whole lot away.

3 Put salmon in the oven for 23 minutes

4 Meanwhile grate the cucumber into a bowl, spoon over the yoghurt, chop in the cucumber, season and give it a stir.

Beauty giveaway news! I have in fact slightly miscalculated and out of beauty prizes so there is no competition today. You don’t need to tell me how embarrassing this is! All I have left is slightly broken, missing its lid or a weird colour.

But thank you to every who entered and donated; it went so well I hope to have plenty more giveaways in the future because it’s actually really fun.