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The lentils, after simmering for an hour with fresh zesty ginger, savory garlic, cayenne, and a few pats of sweet cream butter, turned tricks on my taste buds. They were all at once sweet and spicy, familiarly comforting yet exotic, simple but shockingly flavorful. Texture-wise, they mash and melt as pleasantly as I imagine porridge would.
I think itís the balance of ginger with garlic, and the way that butter and a few tips of the cream carton lend a silky and luscious richness.
Inspired and hungry, this dish was born. It is deeply satisfying and rich, a blend of chewy penne, salty, crisped pancetta, and sweet roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Roasting the vegetables brings about such an intense, caramelized flavor. Adding a few glugs of cream at the end mediates the flavors and lays upon each ingredient like a sort of silk robe. And once I sprinkled a handful of crunchy, toasted walnuts over the pan, I was certain I wouldn't live to write about it.
There is so much to be said about these enchiladas. About their cumin and chili spiced centers. About tender beef and earthy black beans. About the sweetness of crushed tomatoes and the way the tortillas turn soft and slightly flaky when baked, like pastry dough. About gooey melting cheese bubbling across their rolled backs. They are divine.