Lentil Soup Day

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I am spending a couple of days keeping vulnerable adults safe from my cold.  I hope that I can keep Marvin from catching this, too.  It’s miserable.  I spent this morning in bed listening to the book of Isaiah.  I had to replay a couple of chapters when I realized I had dozed off or if I spent too long sneezing and blowing my nose.  I’ve finished two different boxes of tissues – the one in the bedroom and the one in the living room.  Now that I am spending time in our home office, I think I’m making quite a dent in this box, too.  Yes, it’s a miserable cold.

tissues

Did you know that once you start sneezing you can’t stop it?  It’s a reflex action of the body.  You also can’t sneeze when you are sleeping because the nerve endings that cause a sneeze rest when you are asleep.  I also learned that a sneeze travels at 100 miles per hour and can spray up to 5 feet.  A virus sure has a way of getting around.

So I made myself a gift – a pot of lentil soup.  It is one of my favorite soups. But it’s quite a trick chopping veggies and not sneezing.  I had to wash my hands often.  Once all the ingredients were in the pot, it only cooks from the boil for about 35-40 minutes.  It’s warm and easy and makes me feel comforted.  I’ve written out my recipe at the end of this.  I think I could fall asleep in any position right now so it must be time to go take a nap.  I hope you like the lentil soup recipe.

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Lentil Soup

2 circles of the pan with olive oil

1 chopped onion – large

3 chopped carrots

5 chopped celery ribs

1 # of lentils (washed and checked for anything that isn’t a lentil.)

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

2.5 quarts of water or chicken stock (chicken stock makes the soup richer)

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 kielbasa sausage cut into slices and then slices cut into quarters

Let the olive oil get warm in a stock pot.  When it ripples, add the vegetables.  Cook until the onions are translucent – about 7 or 8 minutes.  Add all the other ingredients, wait for the pot to come to a boil and then cover it, turn the heat down to simmer.  Let it remain on the low heat for 35 to 40 minutes.  I’ve tasted it and it’s delicious.  Let me know if you try it.

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