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Lentil Soup - my "L" soup... 
 
Jan. 14, 2012 6:04 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 9:38 pm
While I was awaiting the elusive power company, I decided Thurs afternoon to make Lentil Soup.  Way back when I was searching for recipes for this series, I stumbled across a recip calling for both garlic and anchovies - which sounded simply YUM to me!  Did I save it?  Could I find it again?  I had to wing it!

I soaked the lentils for a while, then tossed them into a pot of water with a veg. broth cube, and let it bubble and simmer for what seemed forever (about an hour!)  Meanwhile, simmered two rather dried up cloves of garlic (smashed) in olive oil, until they began to look "toasted."  Add about 2 tsp of anchovy paste to the oil (of course I removed the garlic first...) and then added it to the pot.  From there, I let is simmer only a few minutes, let it cool, and put it into the frige.  Yesterday, I had a small bowl for lunch, along with some of the cheddar~n~onion bread I'd made in the bread machine.  Most enjoyable!

On to the power co.!  The tag they left on the front door Thurs early, stated that they would be here "in 3 business days," but added that they sometimes work on Saturdays...  My understanding was that sometime between Thurs and Mon they would show up.  What a fool I was!  J called them today, and was told "we won't be there today (Sat,) and we're off Monday as it's a holiday."  Ok, so now the "3 day warning tag" moves us into 4 days - or more?  At this rate, I might just have heat, before I have a new meter!

On to dinner...  Supplies are running low, unless I want to thaw out a ribeye roast, so I grabbed a pkg of burger, instead.  I remembered a dish that I used to make when I was much younger, and extremely poor, and browned it with onion and garlic powder, draining it and mixing it in a casserole dish with frozen peas.  Then I made a batch of gravy from homemade beef broth which I mixed in, and topped the whole mess off with biscuits.  Into the oven for a spell, and voila ~ dinnner!  I certainly enjoyed it, and might just add biscuit topped stew to my repertoire, at least until the weather warms up!  I do believe that tomorrow I'll venture out to the grocery to lay in some needed supplies, one of which will be a cheap beef roast (or two.)  I'm thinking with "stew meat" being near $5/lb, I can cut up a $3/lb roast, and make plenty of stew... once I get some potatoes, that is! 

So, soon I hope, I will be done dealing with the issue of no heat, and the meter will have been changed out... it might be nice to get back to "normal" life for a while!

Meantime, I guess I'll be happy, healthy, and crazy!  Be well all!
 
Comments
Jan. 14, 2012 6:10 pm
So is the power out? Or is something wrong with the meter?
 
Jan. 14, 2012 8:20 pm
No, King, we have power, just the power co has decided to replace our meter with a "smart meter." Guess that means we have a "dumb" one? lol! Be well!
 
Jan. 15, 2012 6:20 am
You had me at garlic and anchovies. I've never had lentil soup but those flavors sound really good to me! I'll have to make a note of this idea somewhere where I can find it again :)(:
 
Jan. 15, 2012 9:16 am
Oh, in that case they will not need to come out to read your meter anymore, this means they are going to reduce costs by letting go meter readers. The communications from the power company will go thru the electric lines to allow them to read the meter. It also has anti tampering detection built in (not sure how that works yet).
 
Jan. 15, 2012 12:19 pm
Cat, hope you enjoy as much as I have... sounds kinda plain, but full of flavor! Be well, friend!
 
Jan. 15, 2012 12:21 pm
King, I'm glad that my old meter isn't a "dumb one lol!" I only skimmed the letter, but now there'll be all kinds of stuff I can do over the puter from home - I'll be you're right about getting rid of workers to save (them) $$, but bet it won't save 'me' any! Be well!
 
Jan. 16, 2012 7:12 pm
Lentil soup was in the air, apparently. I made it too. I sauted onion, garlic, celery and carrots and tossed that in with a can of tomatoes, seasoned it with a bit of Herb de Provence and it tasted pretty good but made way too much. I sure hope lentils freeze well.
 
Jan. 16, 2012 9:38 pm
Sounds like you went way more than I, BSM, but I still declare, that the anchovies made all the difference! Can't imagine that it won't freeze ok! Be well!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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