Saturday, September 30, 2006

Reset the crotchelator

Well, I seem to have fallen pretty far behind in my blogging exploits. And I haven't posted any food photos in over a month (owing to the fact that, unlike everyone and their brother, I still do not own a digital camera). As many of you know, I've been quite busy lately, what with a new job and upcoming cross-continental move to deal with. So here is a soup recipe to tide you all over.

Red Lentil Carrot Soup

1 1/4 cups red lentils
2 medium-to-large carrots, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped/pressed (too much is never enough)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth (you can be cheap and use Rapunzel's vegan bouillon cubes instead of the stuff in a can - I won't tell)
3 cups boiling water
salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot and cook the carrots, onion and garlic over medium heat until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Add the lentils, vegetable broth, and boiling water. Season with salt and pepper and bring up to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes until the lentils are very tender. You may need to add more water as the soup cooks if you don't like your soup thick (I do). Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Pour about half the soup in a blender and blend until smooth. Please make sure the soup is sufficiently cool and that you fill the blender less than halfway. I do not want to be responsible for your second-degree burns. Place in a bowl or other clean receptacle. Blend the other half of the soup. Return the soup to the pot and warm until hot enough to eat. Enjoy with homemade bread.

And if you're wondering why the weird title for this post, it's a song from one of my favorite albums, A Society of People Named Elihu, by Atom and His Package. Atom now plays in a band called Armalite, with the awesome vegan/political activist/frontman for many, many bands, (including Lifetime, Paint It Black, and Kid Dynamite) Dr. Dan Yemin, who was just featured in Herbivore magazine. Maybe you should listen to one of these bands while you make soup. It's good music to chop carrots to - just watch your fingers.

1 comment:

Brandon said...

This is good food, even I'll eat it!