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Lentil soup and nostalgia

I called my dad to say to ask him how to cook lentil soup. We have a new Asian food store open up and it’s wonderful, fresh fruit and veg laid out like they do in France. A bunch of garlic for £2 , beautiful fruits and then we go to the dried food section and there are bags and bags of beautiful lentils.

This is not my photo, I took a nice one but my doctor rang me whilst I was taking it apparently I didn’t take one grrrr

In the Seychelles we eat a lot of lentils, it’s a side dish that goes with everything especially fish and curry. It’s like a Dahl but to my dad it’s just lentils. When we lived in Germany he would put beautiful German sausages through out it, these days I put chorizo. He normally used the red lentils but I had green ones I wanted to use so I just made it with that.

It’s a cold rainy day today and I craved lentil soup. So I called my dad just to check how he does it and it turned out great, not picture perfect but tasty and soul food, plus I got to talk to my dad.

It’s a simple recipe,

Boil the lentils till they are soft I add a chicken stock cube to give it some flavour, in a separate pan cook your bacon, sausage ( or don’t if you are vegan) fry your onions garlic and ginger, thyme ( and other spices if you want) then add to the lentils and let it all simmer gently till you are ready to eat, normally takes about an hour from start to finish. I use a spicy chorizo so it comes with a bit of heat but you could have some chilli flakes for more heat. Finish off with salt and pepper to taste!

I ate it for lunch and I will be having it for dinner with some fresh crusty bread and butter. It isn’t a thing of beauty but it does taste wonderful. I love how food can be so evocative. It will always remind me of my dad. We used to eat lots of lentils with bowls of rice.

I am missing my family so much.

About DP

Hi, I am Dana. I am dyspraxic trying to function and get organised in my dysfunctional world. I don’t shy away from technology but I do have a preference for all things paper and analog. I am trying to organise our lives through my bullet journal, travel around the globe and save money!!! Impossible I know. I have a hard time believing that you should spend a fortune on one day. So, with my creative skills and frugality I will hopefully create my dream wedding without getting into debt. My bullet journal has been a life saver, so much that I now have 3. One for life, one for wedding planning and my last for this blog. I am lost without them. I have a wonderful partner, two fur babies ( Manhattan and Frank) a full time job that I love and my love of blogging. Please bear with me with my spelling and grammar I do proof read about 4 times but I still miss things. I won’t be offended if you correct me. So that’s me, I draw and teach art to both kids and adults and I believe anyone can create anything you just have to practice. I have had to try and try at organising, that is why I am the Dysfunctional Planner.

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