Fast forward thirty years and we bought a tin of lentil hotpot from the healthfood shop. It tasted just like hash! Only it is nearly two quid a tin, and I now know that the reason we ate hash with a side of suet was because it was very cheap. So today I set about making my own, Dan is feeling a bit under the weather so we switched the menu plan in order to have comfort food. I don't own a terrifying pressure cooker of my own so I used my trusty iron casserole instead.
I washed some green lentils, peeled and chopped some carrots and potatoes, put then into the dish with stock make of stock powder, paprika, black pepper, marmite and sage. Left it on the hob for a couple of hours and there we have it - hash!
Gloopy and delicious. I've just had a bowl for my lunch and will eat more later on until it's all gone or I explode, whichever happens first.
I no longer need to buy expensive hotpot. This lead to us adding a couple of other things to the not-shopping list. We have been a bit lazy recently and have fallen back onto convenience foods, so from now on we'll be making our own falafel and houmous again. Dan's back on fancy bread and muesli making duties and I am going to attempt to make the sweetcorn fritters we've become quite fond of. This will get rid of the tahini dressing, sweet chilli sauce, yeast, basil infused oil, and bread flour that have been hanging around in the pantry. I also finished the dulse this week so that's another thing gone.
Oh and I bought some washing powder, but it's a bit moist under the sink so I wanted a container to keep it a bit more dry. I had a poke around and found a plastic cube we got as a freebie years ago. Turns out it's the perfect size for a box of washing powder.