1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 /2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp coriander
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 lb lentils, rinsed and sorted
2 cups tomato puree
6 cups water or veg stock (more if needed)
2 veggie cubes
1/2 capful liquid smoke
splash dry sherry (optional) or splash balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp hoisin sauce or dark soy sauce
2 oz soup pasta or barley
1 tbsp fresh thyme
salt/pepper to taste
In a large, heavy bottomed soup pot add olive oil, spices and garlic. Slowly, bring up to a medium heat, making sure you don't burn the garlic. When the garlic is very fragrant, add the onion and carrots and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat with the garlic/spice mixture, then add either a splash of sherry, or balsamic vinegar (or water or stock). Cook the onion/carrot mixture for several minutes, then turn the heat up to medium high and add the lentils, liquid smoke and stock. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to med-low, and cover. Simmer until the lentils are tender (around 30 minutes), then add the tomato puree and more water if needed. Turn heat back up, uncover and when it is boiling, add the soup pasta. Turn off heat, cover for 20 minutes. Add the hoisin or soy sauce, taste for seasoning and add fresh thyme before serving. It would also be very good with an extra tbsp of extra virgin olive oil drizzed on top.
We finally got some snow up here in New Hampshire! It is still bitterly cold, which drives me nuts. I reminds me of my winters growing up in Iowa. brrrrr..
I decided pizza was in order, so I made the dough the night before and let it rise slowly in the fridge for 18 hours or so. The crust was made with a mixture of white whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. My pizza was made soycheese (containing caesin) and the rest of the pizza had dairy cheese. The pictures pizza is the dairy pizza. My batteries were dying, so my pizza was too blurry to post. My pizza was topped with peppers, mushrooms, onions, jalapenos, spinach, artichokes and fresh garlic. The entire medium pizza only had 20 WW points. I ate 1/2 of it along with a salad with low fat balsamic dressing.
1. One of my best friends had her baby in my car. It was around 1am on a cold, November night in Iowa. I was driving her to the hospital and we didn't make it. I have always wanted to be a midwife (I've even gone to Midwifery School, but didn't finish).. When he was born into my hands in the pitch black, I KNEW that I had done this before and it was my calling. It felt 100% natural and normal and just RIGHT. I am a firm believer in Natural Childbirth, Homebirth and Breastfeeding.
2. I had my first child at 19 and my second at 21. I have definitely "grown up" with my children.
3. As a young teen, I was in foster care. I lived on a turkey farm. When the baby turkeys were delivered, I used to go into the huge houses and sing to them. They would all stop chirping when I would sing. It made me sick to see the conditions they were living in as they grew. They literally were on top of each other and dead turkeys were all around. I never got used to the sight of dead turkeys hanging upside down in our basement after my foster mom butchered them.
4. I grew up in an Eastern Indian "cult". Transcendental Meditation. Many people have heard of it, and know of it because the Beatles were into it briefly. It is a total cult and I have nothing good to say about it. We lived on campus in a dorm like setting and I was schooled for many years within their cult system. I always questioned it, while everyone around me was totally brainwashed.
5. Martin Luther King Jr is my hero. When I was a little girl, I spent years reading everything possible about him and his family.