It has been drizzly gray around here. I have been making soups and stews. I particularly liked a red lentil soup that I found on My New Roots. Blogger Sarah Britton says that this is her favorite recipe, and I can see why. It has a lovely reddish-orange color, is easy to make, and has a delightful lemony flavor that comes from simmering whole slices of lemon with the lentils.
Here is the basic idea: saute a chopped onion, lots of garlic (5 cloves!), and a Tbl. of minced fresh ginger in a little oil until tender. Season with a Tbl. cumin, salt to taste and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add sauteed mixture to a cup of rinsed red lentils along with a can of diced tomatoes and a quart of vegetable stock. Add three thin slices of lemon and simmer until tender. Squeeze in some lemon juice and serve.
The general lack of light around here meant I never got a good photo of the soup, so just head on over to My New Roots for the recipe and a lovely picture.
Other red lentil soup recipes on my blog (all fantastic):