Snowed in? Lovely, no doubt, but maybe not so much if you have to be at work this morning, and must shovel your way out in sub-zero, real-feel temps.
Brrrr…view from my window – there’s a lot to shovel.
Here’s a soup I made – mostly from pantry staples. It’s subcontinent heat soothes my tired winter soul, while the nourishment from the lentils, kale and spices provides a welcome antidote from my overdose of fa-la-la-la-la I’m packing away with the ornaments.
You may not have access to the seasonings I used in the following recipe, but not to worry. Your soup will be delicious with whatever curry seasonings you can devise. According to the label on my ajwain seed bottle, it is “… a traditional addition to many Indian and Pakistani dishes. Shaped like a celery seed, ajwain is especially useful in vegetarian lentil and bean dishes, party as a flavoring, party because ajwain has the ability to temper the effects of a legume based diet.” Good to know!
Lentil soups are the easiest soups to make and thicken to a lovely consistency. Really, all you need are a few aromatics – a carrot, onion, perhaps a stalk of celery – water or stock, lentils, and pantry spices and 40 minutes later you’ve a scratch-made, nourishing soup. Potatoes or eggplant on hand? Dice ‘em up and toss ‘em into the brew. I enjoy the cooling counterpoint of a dollop of plain Greek yogurt spooned over the soup before eating.
Every culture seems to have a version of curative chicken soup (oft referred to as Jewish penicillin), the most common denominator being the use of homemade chicken stock. I’ve a friend with a dreadful flu, who’s had a rough ride in general this winter, and I was looking for just the right chicken soup to … Full recipe post »
Greetings and good wishes for 2014! Last Thursday our band of revelers headed to the country for an old-fashioned family Christmas hosted by Shirley and Stuart at their charming farmhouse. The guest of honor was one large turkey sacrificed the day before for the feast, then smoked outdoors on a Big Green Egg (any smoker … Full recipe post »
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Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
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