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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

rainy day lentil soup with tomatoes, cumin, and kale

Rainy, rainy day - the kind of day you run around in the rain doing errands, come home to read the paper - and wake up an hour later, paper still in hand. A dozing day. And I was so happy to have one of my very favorite soups in the fridge, just waiting to be heated up, since I was still in that fuzzy after-nap dreamtime.

While I like pretty much all lentil soup recipes, this one has a little tang to it, in a perky way. You've got bits of juicy tomatoes, the spice of warm cumin, a few hot pepper flakes, lots of kale, and the pop of red wine vinegar, a little reminder of Portuguese cooking. Perfect for a day like today, when you think you just might go from couch to bed.

This makes about 6 servings - a nice potful for a few lunches and suppers.

1 cup regular brown lentils
2 bay leaves
pinch hot pepper flakes
pinch of dried oregano

Cover the lentils with water to spare by about 3 inches, add the herbs and hot pepper flakes, and simmer for 10 minutes, then drain the lentils and put back in the pot. This was a tip I got years ago to keep the lentils from causing any stomach distress some people have with beans.

1 t. oregano
2 T. olive oil
1 t. thyme
1 T. cumin
1 t. basil
1 clove peeled garlic, smushed
1 cup sliced, washed leek whites or 1 medium chopped onion
2 cups canned plum tomatoes, with juices, cut into pieces
3-4 cups torn, clean kale leaves
2 T. red wine vinegar
About 2-3 cups water or chicken or vegetable stock.
salt to taste

Cook the lentils, herbs, tomatoes, vinegar, leeks, and kale, olive oil and garlic for about 15 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Turn heat to low and simmer another ten minutes, tasting the liquid before adding salt. The liquid should cover the beans and greens just barely.

Taste, take off heat, and let sit before tasting again before serving. This is wonderful with warm, crusty bread with sweet butter or olive oil dipping sauce., along with a bottle of hot sauce on the table. This soup freezes beautifully, by the way.

Stay warm and dry !

What I'm reading:

Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless


Joanna Kyd said...

Ahoy Katrina Hall,

Are you the my-friend-from-Dalton-way-back-in-the-last-century Katrina Hall? I think you are but am not postive.

I came across your blog by accident, sort of, yesterday. I, too, am a Joyful Cook, tho not, sadly, in a farmhouse kitchen, but in a cramped one in NYC. If you are that Kat, your recipes and pix are DIVINE and I'd love to hear back. If you're another, your recipes & pix are DIVINE.

Joanna Kyd (Schwartz)

katrina said...

Oh my gosh - maybe? I'm SO bad at remembering names from the 9 schools I went to:) But Dalton was one of them:) If you're on FB, I am too, as well as the blog. I'll email you - trying to remember names! Dana, Tracy, Ashoka, Ellen, Mme. Ernst?
Thanks, and glad you liked the blog!

Marianne said...

Lovely soup, lovely pictures, lovely recipe!

katrina said...

Many thanks, Marianne! And I loved your poem to the lilacs - ours are not quite out thanks to lots of rain and cool temperatures!

Kalyn Denny said...

I'm not a fan of rainy days, but this soup would definitely help!

katrina said...

Kalyn, I adore rainy days, and tonight we are supposed to get thunderstorms!- totally my favorite weather!
This is a great soup, loaded with all sorts of tasty pings of goodness. So happy you enjoyed!

Barb said...

Yum for the soup! I, too, love lentil soup.
(and your photos are so lovely - you do seem to have a natural talent that I so admire.). thank you for sharing these.

katrina said...

As always, thank you for your wonderful input, Barb! It makes me feel very appreciated, which is sometimes hard to find:)
Has your day been as strange as ours? Sun, rain, clouds, moody, exhausting. Hope tomorrow the weather can make up its mind!

And so delighted you are also a lentil-lover like me:)