Lentil Soup Fiasco

by Anne Bennett on October 19, 2010

Didn't they make a film about this soup? No, Randy, that was Yentl.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Today I’m waving the white flag when it comes to lentil soup.

Let’s cut to the chase: lentil soup is an economical, vegetarian, brown meal-in-a-bowl, nourishing but entirely forgettable.

I decided to try once more, this time in my slow cooker, to make it more than merely palatable. After all, lentil soup is a winter mainstay in many a soup lover’s repertoire. Perhaps I just needed to find the right recipe.

But when the soup was done and I lifted the lid, the lentils had absorbed all of the liquid; I added several cups of chicken broth, which it immediately soaked up. There seemed to be no end to its thirst.

EEEK! My soup had become Audrey, the blood-thirsty flower from The Little Shop of Horrors!

What are the pink things in here? That would be tomatoes, Nick.

This morning when the painters and sheet rockers, Scott, Joe, Nick and Randy arrived, I asked them to be guinea pigs for the leftover soup and some whole wheat sweet potato mini-muffins I was making.

The guys were polite, they even called it “pretty good,” at which point I decided not to post the recipe.

I’m sure there are plenty of perfectly fine lentil soup recipes out there; I can almost hear some of you saying, “But wait, you haven’t tried my wonderful recipe!” Do me a favor: don’t send it to me. Life is too short for “pretty good”.

I’ve decided that if I want to eat something delicious and brown, it’s going to be a thick, rare steak. Lentils and I have gone our separate ways. It was a no-fault separation.

On a happier note, this fall brings the publication of a slew of new cookbooks. “The Essential New York Times Cookbook” is due to be released next week and I’ve got it on order from Amazon. Supposedly it features a comprehensive collection of recipes dating back to the 1850’s, when the paper first began covering food. For someone who loves both history and food, this is a boon of almost inestimable proportions! OK. I’m slinging superlatives here, but you get the idea. I’m a happy, albeit displaced, camper.

By the way, the whole wheat sweet potato mini-muffins went down well. Recipe coming up.

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Christine October 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You know what Anne, we’re just not lentil kind of girls! It doesn’t matter what you do with the little blighters, they always end up a stodgy, unappetising mess useful, in my opinion, for filling in holes in a wall. Step away from the lentils, turn your back on them and walk quickly away. Don’t look back now! xoxoxo

admin October 20, 2010 at 6:38 am

Amen, Christine. Our mutual lentil aversion is just one of the many reasons why we’re such good friends! XOXOXO

Christine October 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Indeed it is, together with our attachment (exact opposite of aversion according to “A view on Buddhism”) to the fine produce of good vineyards, dahling. xoxoxo

Camille July 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

Are you still recovering from the flood that happened a year and a half ago? If so, hang in there. The dogs are adorable. I love the dog stories.

Laurie September 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

You crack me UP !

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