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George Harrison contributed a favorite recipe, Dark Horse Lentil Soup, for the 1980 book, MARY FRAMPTON AND FRIENDS ROCK AND ROLL RECIPES by MARY FRAMPTON.  Mary collected favorite recipes from her rock ‘n’ roll friends and included tales about each. The following excerpt is Mary Frampton’s complete chapter on George Harrison:
GEORGE HARRISONGeorge Harrison is an enveterate traveler. I can’t seem to pin his spirit down to any one place. Although he is now living in Henley-on-Thames, I’m sure he feels at home in many other major cities around the world. A “Far East Man,” he has spent much time in India, New York, and Los Angeles.I first met George when they were celebrating at Friar Park, George’s house in Henley-on-Thames, Pattie Harrison Clapton’s birthday. It was a double celebration - a housewarming party party as well. They had just moved into the enormous house that Sir Frank Crisp built at the end of the last century. What an extremely original nut case he was! He put Japanese lakes in the grounds, friar’s faces all over the house - they are the light switches; you turn the noses on and off. His piece de resistance is a scaled-down construction of the Matterhorn! He loved to climb one of his towers and gaze through his telescope at the mountain, which boasted miniature goats and sheep. When Sir Frank Crisp died, his widow was forced, for financial reasons, to sell the house. A group of nuns bought it and turned it into a convent school. Unfortunately, they didn’t appreciate Sir Frank’s structural genius and they virtually destroyed the original concept of the place. They filled in the lakes, turned the rose garden into a playground, and painted knickers on all the cherubs. Fortunately, George had original plans and photographs of the place and he now has everything back to its glorious state.On Pattie’s birthday in 1972*(sic), the house was virtually empty. They had just moved in. I can’t tell you how creepy it was to wander through fifty unused rooms in almost total darkness, just carrying a candle. George enticed the whole party down into the labyrinth of caves - another of Sir Frank’s intrigues. They begin right below the house and run under the grounds. George gave us candles and dared us to find our way out. Not one of us could! We just wandered around in circles. It started out to be extremely funny and soon became less and less amusing. We were verging on hysteria as the same faces jumped out from the shadows and then disappeared. Eventually, George took pity on us and led us back to the comparative safety of the old house.(*NOTE: This was Pattie’s 26th birthday party on March 17, 1970. George and Pattie had just moved into Friar Park in February and had a birthday/housewarming party that year when the main house was still empty.)
Now that the whole place is finished, the most marvelous addition is George’s studio. It is the most beautiful recording studio I’ve ever seen - the whole area hangs heavy with mysterious peacefulness. George has used it to record his latest albums. It has the most up-to-date equipment of such quality. Perhaps he with his wife Olivia, will rest his wandering soul in these surroundings for a while.As his influences took him to India on so many occasions, it’s only natural that George cooks Indian food simply and very competently. This lentil soup is delicious.DARK HORSE LENTIL SOUPIngredients1 red chili1 teaspoon cumin seeds2 large onions, chopped2 cloves garlic1 cup lentils (one or more types of lentils can be used)2 large tomatoes, chopped2 green peppers, chopped1 bay leafSalt and pepper to tasteMethodHeat a small amount of oil in a frying pan. When oil is good and hot, add the red chili and cumin seeds. When the seeds stop sputtering, brown the onions and garlic in the seasoned oil. In a separate deep pan, wash the lentils in plenty of water. When  clean, liberally cover with water. When the onions are browned, add them to the pan of lentils. Now add tomatoes, peppers, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Potatoes and carrots and small boiling onions may be added for a more substantial meal. Bring to the boil, cover, and turn down to very low heat. The soup is ready to serve in an hour and tastes better the next day.
Photo by Michael Simon.
 

George Harrison contributed a favorite recipe, Dark Horse Lentil Soup, for the 1980 book, MARY FRAMPTON AND FRIENDS ROCK AND ROLL RECIPES by MARY FRAMPTON.  Mary collected favorite recipes from her rock ‘n’ roll friends and included tales about each. The following excerpt is Mary Frampton’s complete chapter on George Harrison:

GEORGE HARRISON

George Harrison is an enveterate traveler. I can’t seem to pin his spirit down to any one place. Although he is now living in Henley-on-Thames, I’m sure he feels at home in many other major cities around the world. A “Far East Man,” he has spent much time in India, New York, and Los Angeles.

I first met George when they were celebrating at Friar Park, George’s house in Henley-on-Thames, Pattie Harrison Clapton’s birthday. It was a double celebration - a housewarming party party as well. They had just moved into the enormous house that Sir Frank Crisp built at the end of the last century. What an extremely original nut case he was! He put Japanese lakes in the grounds, friar’s faces all over the house - they are the light switches; you turn the noses on and off. His piece de resistance is a scaled-down construction of the Matterhorn! He loved to climb one of his towers and gaze through his telescope at the mountain, which boasted miniature goats and sheep. When Sir Frank Crisp died, his widow was forced, for financial reasons, to sell the house. A group of nuns bought it and turned it into a convent school. Unfortunately, they didn’t appreciate Sir Frank’s structural genius and they virtually destroyed the original concept of the place. They filled in the lakes, turned the rose garden into a playground, and painted knickers on all the cherubs. Fortunately, George had original plans and photographs of the place and he now has everything back to its glorious state.

On Pattie’s birthday in 1972*(sic), the house was virtually empty. They had just moved in. I can’t tell you how creepy it was to wander through fifty unused rooms in almost total darkness, just carrying a candle. George enticed the whole party down into the labyrinth of caves - another of Sir Frank’s intrigues. They begin right below the house and run under the grounds. George gave us candles and dared us to find our way out. Not one of us could! We just wandered around in circles. It started out to be extremely funny and soon became less and less amusing. We were verging on hysteria as the same faces jumped out from the shadows and then disappeared. Eventually, George took pity on us and led us back to the comparative safety of the old house.
(*NOTE: This was Pattie’s 26th birthday party on March 17, 1970. George and Pattie had just moved into Friar Park in February and had a birthday/housewarming party that year when the main house was still empty.)

Now that the whole place is finished, the most marvelous addition is George’s studio. It is the most beautiful recording studio I’ve ever seen - the whole area hangs heavy with mysterious peacefulness. George has used it to record his latest albums. It has the most up-to-date equipment of such quality. Perhaps he with his wife Olivia, will rest his wandering soul in these surroundings for a while.

As his influences took him to India on so many occasions, it’s only natural that George cooks Indian food simply and very competently. This lentil soup is delicious.

DARK HORSE LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients

1 red chili
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 cup lentils (one or more types of lentils can be used)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan. When oil is good and hot, add the red chili and cumin seeds. When the seeds stop sputtering, brown the onions and garlic in the seasoned oil. In a separate deep pan, wash the lentils in plenty of water. When  clean, liberally cover with water. When the onions are browned, add them to the pan of lentils. Now add tomatoes, peppers, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Potatoes and carrots and small boiling onions may be added for a more substantial meal. Bring to the boil, cover, and turn down to very low heat. The soup is ready to serve in an hour and tastes better the next day.

Photo by Michael Simon.


 

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