Does the name Lupin ring a bell? Some people will undoubtedly automatically think of the first French series on Netflix inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief, that turned out to be a smash hit. But I’m not here to talk about the character Assane Diop (played by Omar Sy), even though I must admit I really enjoyed the series.
No, what I actually want to discuss is lupin flour. (Hahaha!) Actually, I’ve been wanting to talk about it for some time now… but I always seem to have a thousand other things I want to explore. I’ve known for a while that this type of flour is amazing and, more importantly, high in protein. It’s also naturally gluten-free, because lupin isn’t a cereal, it’s a legume. The pretty little bag sitting on the shelf in the organic section at my local grocery store was giving me the evil eye because I wasn’t purchasing it. To be honest, I think when I finally made my mind up to buy it, it was because I’d just watched the series and the word “lupin” jumped out at me… and what a great discovery it was!
Would you believe me if I said that I had hundreds of bags of different varieties of flour in my kitchen, which I call my Labriski-lab? It’s as if I’m afraid to open a bag and then not use it all up. Too grainy, too bitter… what was this flour, that I’d heard so many good things about, going to be like? I had this fear of the unknown. Yes, it even happens to Madame Labriski sometimes. Hahaha!
I opened the bag and held it up to my nose so I could really smell it properly. Hmm, it was off to a good start. I liked its relatively neutral smell. I could detect a slight hint of hazelnut and liked its wheat field yellow colour. As always, I listened to my gut feeling and set about cooking with it.
I felt like making healthy cookies instead of my usual soft, tender cookies (yes, you read that right). I’d been for a 20-km run that morning and I had an urge to come up with a new recipe for something high in protein that I could eat to kick start the day, as an excellent appetite suppressant snack or to speed recovery after exercising.
On front of the bag I bought, it says:
– Excellent source of vitamin E
– High in fibre
– 6 g of protein per 2 tbsp.
– Perfect for smoothies, food and baking.