Thursday, June 19, 2008

Simple is Better

Well last night I made red lentil soup, which is always an exercise in restraint, because sometimes simple is better!

Red Lentil Soup

3 C red lentils
8 C water
1/4 C olive oil
1-2 onions, roughly chopped
3-4 cloves garlic*, sliced
1 t cumin
1 t coriander
1 t salt
1/2 t lemon

In a large, heavy bottomed pot, saute the garlic and onions until the onions are browning and carmelized.
Meanwhile, rinse lentils until water runs clear.
Add spices and salt to onions, mix well, add lentils, mix well, add water, stir, bring up heat to a boil, lower heat and simmer until lentils are soft.
Remove in batches to blender, adding water if necessary to get a consistency you like.
Stir in lemon juice and serve with bread.

*depends on the strength of the garlic-- some garlic is stronger than others!!

No reading, no knitting. Lots of tea parties and birthdays were celebrated yesterday (yes, I live with a 3 year old).

I leave you with this.