Cured Pork with Green Lentils


Petit Salé aux lentilles is a classic french dish from the Auvergne region dish using pork that has been salted by placing the cuts of pork in brine for up to 48hrs.

The meat in this dish is cured in salt so there should be no need to add salt to the dish. Several cuts can be used so it is up to what you prefer or what your butcher has – pork shoulder, ham shank or ham hock, pork belly etc


Ingredients :

  • 1kg salted pork
  • 600g green lentils
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 large onion with 2 cloves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • Pepper

Method :

  1. Soak the pork in cold water for 2 hours if necessary to remove excess salt
  2. Place the meat in a large saucepan and cover with cold water
  3. Add the onion studded with cloves, the 3 garlic cloves unpeeled, one carrot sliced in thick slices, the bouquet garni and pepper
  4. Cover the saucepan and cook the meat for 1hr30
  5. Rinse the green lentils under cold water and add to the pan along with the 4 remaining carrots diced in small squares
  6. Cook for another 30 minutes
  7. Rectify seasoning if necessary
  8. Serve in soup dishes – with some crusty bread.

Lentil Salad



I love lentils, hot or cold – tasty, cheap and nutritious!

Ingredients :

  • 60-80g of lentils per person
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 egg per person

Method :

  1. Cook the lentils according to the instructions on the packet, usually you cook them in a large sauceman of water and count 25 minutes from when the water starts to boil
  2. Strain the lentils and allow to cool
  3. Finley chop the scallions and tomatoes
  4. Make up a vinaigrette
  5. Mix the lentils, tomatoes, scallions and vinaigrette together
  6. Serve with a poached egg on top