One of the most important things that JB has brought to our relationship is his recipe for Jacob’s Guile. He said he got the recipe from an old friend in the 70s (who found it in a Time-Life cookbook) and he has been making it ever since. It is the absolutely perfect dish of lentils and garlic and rice. Tonight I walked in the house after a long day at work and JB had a pot boiling on the stove. I could smell it from the yard before I even opened the back door.
The name of the dish comes from the story in the Bible of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. This is the bowl of stew. After tasting this dish, I can totally understand Esau’s inability to stand up to its temptation.
Below is JB’s heavenly evolved version of this dish.
Add lentils and salt to 10 cups water.
Heat to simmer.
Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
Add to lentils.
Place rice and butter or butter substitute in onion pan and cook on low heat until rice is golden brown.
Add to lentil onion mix.
Cook 15-30 minutes until rice is done.