Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day #101: Salad, lentil soup and a cold

Oh noes! It is true. I have a cold. Stuffy nose, sore throat.

Luckily for me, I usually don't get colds. I haven't had one since December 15, 2007. I'll be battling this current cold with:

Plenty of water
Plenty of sleep
Orange juice (with pulp!)
Tylenol Cold
Warm lentil soup

Elmer is a good kitty, and likes to stay around whomever is home. Today, it was me, mostly. He curled up next to me when I woke up and didn't feel like getting up.

I still went to church and grabbed the other ingredients I mentioned in the list.

The lentil soup was delicious!

For the soup:
7 c water
3 c dry lentils
2 c celery chopped
2 c onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
can of diced tomatoes
2 tsp salt
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
canola oil
pepper to taste

I simmered the lentils, water and salt for 30 minutes while sauteing the onions in the oil and mustard seeds. I chopped up the rest of the vegetables and watched part of The Office until the 30 minutes of simmering was up. I tossed the vegetables and spices in the simmering lentil water, reserving my tomatoes while the vegetables and spices were cooking. After 30 minutes, I tossed in the tomatoes and stirred the soup and let it simmer another 5 minutes.

The recipe says to drizzle red wine vinegar on top of the soup when serving. I was hesitant about that, but turn out, that's a pretty darn good idea!

Thanks to Moosewood Restaurant and The New Moosewood Cookbook, and of course, my brother for giving the book to me as a Christmas present!

I'm looking forward to more of the soup in the next few days when I probably don't feel much like cooking, but would want to eat something warm and full of protein.


Shoe Repair store
maybe the bookstore



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