From Black Cypress chef/owner Nick Pitsilionis in Pullman, Washington via PNW Farmers' Co-Op. Accompany with rustic bread. As a main dish/meal-in-a-bowl you could serve the lentils over greens (kale, spinach, etc.) and a grain (brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, etc.) A few ribbons of fresh basil was one of several tasty finishing touches. For non-vegans, top with a scattering of feta or myzithra; dollop of plain yogurt. "There's a fitting irony in that with our hectic modern lives, the traditional approach to cooking honest, wholesome food makes as much sense now as it ever did. "
1Rinse and sort the lentils. Place the lentils and the bay leaves in a large stock pot.
2Add the peeled garlic to the pot of lentils. Cover with an inch of water and boil gently until the lentils are soft, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add more water if needed. The last 5 minutes of cooking stir in 2 teaspoons of salt.
3Ladle the cooked lentils into serving bowls. Garnish each serving with a drizzle of olive oil, splash of red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.