My presentation on the neurology of metaphor this morning went well, and then I hurried off to exchange my black business suit for a chartreuse skirt and sandals because it is 75 degrees and sunny this afternoon in Savannah. With my last few hours, I attended a show with the Savannah Music Festival; I saw Lake Street Dive perform at the Ships of the Sea North Garden. Ooh, they will not be a 15 dollar show for long, I predict. Way too talented.
The walk along the Savannah River this afternoon was like a stroll through an impromptu bridal expo. I waded through white dresses and up-do’s to the Moon River Brewery. Karl, the English Pale Ale (aka, the Belly-Washer), it will surprise you to learn, was my favorite. It would pair nicely with the following soup, which pairs nicely with any of the French pains I made last week. Back to healthy eating for me! (This morning I ordered room service and asked for a whole-wheat bagel. The man on the other end had to ask someone what that was.)
Green Lentil Soup
Adapted from and inspired by My Favourite Pastime
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 clove garlics, minced
¼ cup finely chopped celery
¼ cup finely chopped carrots
1 small red bell pepper finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup green lentils
1 tablespoon chili powder
4¾ cups chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Sauté the onions and garlic until browning.
- Add the celery, carrots and capsicum.
- Stir in coriander, cumin, ketchup, lemon rind stir for 30 seconds. Add lentils, stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add stock, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Yes, Yes, Again, Again. I will make this soup often, 5 stars. I have heard that a nice variation is to substitute half the chicken stock with coconut milk for a thicker, creamier soup. Others puree the end product to make it even creamier. Because I am a negligent kitchen guard, I may have let the soup simmer for well beyond 30 minutes…but no matter, it tasted divine!
Tom, Holly, and Jude in North Carolina, here I come!