That makes sense...my restaurant experience is in dishwashing, so not as applicable!
I'm also just a slow cook...I put an audiobook on my MP3 player, pour a glass of something, and take my time. A pressure cooker would help with lentils, but usually I start the lentils, then work on all the other dishes over the next couple hours and it ends on time anyway.
I'm going to have to try dal wafers again. Did some a few weeks back but I overcooked them...they cook in seconds, and they were all kind of burnt tasting.