A Cozy Dinner for Two

With the weather getting cold again, I couldn’t wait to try a new soup recipe. I’ve been jonesing for some lentils but as I’ve mentioned before, The Husband is “not as into the bean” as I am – and sadly, that includes the lentil. A quick phone call to The Mother and I not only had a dinner date, she was offering to make her Never Fail Popovers. Sounded like a great deal to me!

The soup recipe that I basically made (it goes against my nature to follow directions) was the Very Green Lentil Soup recipe from EatingWell. My modifications included:

  • Rainbow chard instead of green chard
  • Ground cumin in place of toasted cumin seeds
  • Parsley in place of cilantro (cilantro tastes like soap to The Mother, thank goodness I don’t have that problem)
  • Skipped the fresh lemon juice and drizzle of oil at serving (because I was lazy)

The verdict? DELICIOUS. And it’s a good thing too, because I’ve got a whole lot of it to eat!

popover and soup
Adding feta when serving makes puts it over the top – keep extra close by!

For The Mother’s Never Fail Popover* recipe, it turns out we have William-Sonoma to thank for their Perfect Popover! For your own Cozy Dinner for Two, The Mother has scaled their recipe back to make 2 popovers. Here are her measurements for ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. flour
  • A dash or two of salt
  • 2/3 tbsp. butter

Follow the directions from William-Sonoma, but use two glass ramekins to bake instead of popover pans. VOILA!

* Be advised that it is possible to fail at the Never Fail Popover recipe. While I am incredibly cavalier in the kitchen with substitutions, I can tell you from personal experience that you should not make substitutions with this recipe. Especially do not use whole wheat flour to try adding nutritional value because the popovers will not “pop,” they will become flat little dough bricks which aren’t terrible, but definitely are not the light and airy delight that these Never Fail Popovers will be if you follow the instructions from The Mother and William-Sonoma.

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