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.
Hunkering down into the folds of winter, my body begs a slowing down, a turning inward, a respite from the frantic pace of December. The seasonal change also brings a change in what I’m craving–– at the moment, soul-nurturing meal-in-a-pot soups. Below, I’ve mapped together some of my well-tested global favorites. (For dozens more, check out the drop … Full recipe post »
Long before Steve Brill made hunting for wild foods a thing, since the dawn of our species we’ve been foraging our lands for edibles to survive. (In the eighties, Brill–aka, Wildman– began organizing foraging expeditions in Manhattan. Once he was slapped with a summons for making a meal from Central Park weeds. Minutes after his arraignment, … Full recipe post »
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