Lentils and Football

I have made it back to the blog my weary Rhubies.  After much flitting and fluttering around, I can now refocus on The Rhubarb Studio.

I think I left you last with heading to Columbus to do several things, deliver lentils, visit and to do some shopping.  As I was heading to daughter #1's apartment, she lives on campus at The Ohio State University, I made a grave mistake when I got off the interstate at the main campus "the big house" at it is referred to.  I tried to get off at the King Avenue exit, but it was blocked off.  I thought "how odd" that was, as I was just on it a couple of days ago as #1 lives on King Avenue.  So as to not cause traffic issues, I proceed to the next exit of Lane Avenue and then I would zig zag a short cut through campus to King Avenue-didn't happen.  I have never seen such a sight, my zig zag plan was cut very short as most of the smaller roads through campus were barricaded due to the football game that was taking place-out of state.  I thought I would be pretty safe, no traffic issues, as the game was an "away game," in Indiana I believe.  But no, turns out, even when a game is not played at the Horse Shoe Stadium, people will come out in droves and have picnics, tail gate, even set up flat screens to watch the game on campus. 

Tried to make a right hand turn here, but n-o-o-o, it was barricaded, had to go left and the long way around, not a happy camper.

Flat screen under the canopy.  You think I could have rolled down the window of my car as well, I was too annoyed I guess.

Needless to say, I did not have the Buckeye spirit at that very moment, as it delayed me getting to her house.  But it turned out well enough, as she was waiting patiently for me and the lentils, when I got there, I was welcomed with thumping German rap music. 

I will call this recipe Campus Lentils (it is actually a German recipe, but it held up well during the campus rerouting).  Oh, by the way OSU won-again, undefeated so far, Go Bucks!

Campus Lentils (Campus Linsen mit Wurst)

1 lbs dry lentils
1 medium onion, small dice
2 medium carrots, small dice
1 large rib of celery, small dice
3 gloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes-or more, to level of "heat" that is preferred
1/2 lbs of good pepper bacon, cut into small pieces
8 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
4-6 frankurter wurst (optional) to serve with it when done cooking

In a large cooking pot, dice bacon and cook, do not cook crispy.  Scoop out the bacon, set aside.  In the same pot with rendered bacon fat, saute the onion, carrots, celery and garlic, for about 3-4 minutes.  Add back in the bacon, lentils, broth, water, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a medium flame and cook till lentils are tender, about 30-40 minutes.  The wurst is heated separately.  When lentils are done, serve over the wurst and there you have a little bit of Germany on a plate.  Eine der leckersten Speisen aller Zeiten!

Serves 4-6 people, generous portions


  1. Being the college football fan and a fan of the Big 10 as well,them Buckeyes lost not only a game 2 weeks after your visit, but their number #1 ranking as well. Maybe you should have dropped off some of the Campus Lentil at the Horse Shoe for the football team's dining pleasure; ya know, just as in those Campbell Soup commercials...

  2. The Rhubarb StudioOctober 22, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    What a bummer! I have been out of the loop for the past couple of games. Duly noted on dropping off some lentils for the boys, I will take that under advisement on my next visit. It's not over yet my little buckeyes.