Well, you all know I need help, but today I need help on a specific topic. Namely: how do you round up lentils?
I often have a half-used pack or two of lentils in my cupboard - green for curries and red split ones for soup - in beside the couscous, bulgur wheat, rice and so on. Foodstuffs like this all have one very special skill: put a half-used bag of them in the cupboard, and by the next time you open said cupboard the bag will have miraculously climbed to the top of the shelf, balanced itself precariously on the tins of tomatoes and leaned against the inside of the door, thus ensuring that when you open the cupboard, the bag launches itself out into space and all over your kitchen. I think it's some sort of primitive survival mechanism. Maybe pulses and grains have a rudimentary intelligence, like ants or bees.
Anyway, about a week or so ago, I opened the cupboard door and the bag of red lentils did its swan dive and spilled all over the floor, the worktop, you name it. I said a few choice bad words ("Oh........Falkirk!!!!") and set to work clearing up the mess. It took me ages but I thought I had been pretty thorough.
I was wrong. Ever since, I have been spotting red lentils dotted around the house in odd places. I pick them up and dispose of them every time I see them, but I still keep seeing them. I just found one in our downstairs loo (not in the loo itself, but on the floor by the wash hand basin). Where has it been for the last 10 days? Where are they hiding? How many of them are there? Are they breeding? Am I going to be overwhelmed with lentils if I turn my back on them? Any advice?