Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Comfort food in uncomfortable times
I have been letting myself agonize lately. I have no good excuses, nasty gremlin like fears just come over me like clouds of mosquitos and I act as if life were tough and scary. Which we all know is not really true, not in the big picture anyway. So many people are really " in the yogurt" these days. I have some poignant examples of people in trouble .........as we all do.
I have had to stop listening to the news and reading the headlines temporarily. I think nowadays we have too much information to process anyway.
And I have had to give myself an imaginectomy since letting my imagination run wild into negative territory. I am shutting it down for a bit.
To give myself an extra comfort today, I made us a bowl of lentil soup for lunch and we ate with Dove Boy on the terrace. ( Yes, my husband has given all the wild-life around silly names so it's Dove Boy and Dove Girl that we have as garden guests).
Take a cup of lentils ( Casteluccio or Puy) and a small 425 g. can of plum tomatoes ( cut the heels off and use the juice), a chopped onion and throw them into a pot to simmer for 45 minutes. Add enough water to cover and continue to add a little water as needed through the cooking.
AT the same time add salt and pepper, a large cut up garlic clove. ... a sprig of rosemary and a fresh bay leaf from the garden. Put in a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and let the whole thing simmer gently.
When this is done to your liking ( about 40 minutes) you will have prepared another 2 cloves of chopped garlic in 3 T of good olive oil, sautéed. In this will be about a 1/2 teaspoon of peperoncino or crushed dried peppers sautéed with it.
Stir this last in before serving. You can garnish with parsley if you have some.
This is such a good lentil recipe that we have been having it about once a week for the last couple of weeks. There is nothing like a good rich soup to make Winter seem more friendly. Enjoy.
Posted by Maypay at 6:37 AM