Thanks For All The Lentils

Tonight we had lentil soup for dinner.  I don’t always remember to make it,  but every now and then life gets so busy that the simplest meal seems to be the best choice. Incredibly, the kids love it and go for seconds and thirds. Simple. Delicious. Easy. Soup.

So here’s to being grateful for the simple things. To keeping things uncomplicated and savouring the Everyday. You might not like lentil soup,  but you might have other reminders around you of flavour to be found in the simple things. A tune played on the piano. Or a moment in time (thanks Euan!).

Even an unsophisticated looking Banraku puppet’s evolution of dance changes the way that I’m going to remember the dance we have seen a million times on Facebook (thanks Kayt for sharing in your Google reader!)

Of course, I can’t write something about  lentil soup without a  reference to Neil.  Or without providing a recipe, so here goes Wonderwebby’s Lentil Soup (also known as φακές  or fah-kes )  :

Wash and clean 500 grams of green lentils. Boil in plenty of water then once they have come to a rolling boil, drain off the water. Add new water into the saucepan and continue to cook the lentils with 1 diced onion, 2 chopped cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 cups of passata di pomodoro(tomato puree), salt and pepper. I like to add some vegetarian chicken flavoured stock. Simmer for half an hour or until cooked. If you like, add a dash of balsamic vinegar to serve.

** update: I now find I prefer to gently fry the onion, garlic, a stick of finely diced celery and carrot first to give a fuller flavour

Do you like to get back to basics sometimes? What’s your version of “lentil soup” to remind you of the simple things? I’d love to know!

This post was created as part of a global groundswell of gratitude called TweetsGiving. The celebration, created by US nonprofit Epic Change, is an experiment in social innovation that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude. I hope you’ll visit the TweetsGiving site to learn more, and to bring your grateful heart to the party by sharing your gratitude, and giving in honor of that for which you’re most thankful.