What do you call it when you find yourself driving to the grocery store at 3 a.m. to get something to make yourself some soup?
Well, last night I called it writer’s block induced procrastination.
I was having a terrible time putting words down and had sat there at my laptop staring, then reading different things, staring some more, doing dishes, etc. then running to the grocery store for some carrots to add to the lentils for the lentil soup I made.
This morning when I got up and had another bowl I called it tasty!
It’s quite a simple recipe, really.
Take about half a bag of lentils (or split peas, etc.) and toss them in a hot pot (mine cost around $15 though I see that Amazon has them for under $15 – see below for a link to one that will earn me a few pennies! 🙂 run water over them to rinse and make sure there is nothing in the pot but lentils (sometimes dried foods will have bits of stem and such that you will want to clean out!) After rinsing, toss in a few bullion cubes, add some carrots or other veggies as you like (I like adding carrots, radishes, celery, parsnips or even a bit of leftover ham or chicken!) then bring it to a boil for about 3 minutes and then turn down the heat and let it cook for a while to let them get tender. About an hour works but I had some of this just before I went to bed and then left it to steep overnight and it was even more tender and tasty. Split peas will dissolve into mush if you let it steep overnight.
A little hot pot like the one I use is easily portable and at a hotel can plug into an outlet by the bathroom sink making it easy to clean up if you accidentally let it boil over.
Lentils, split peas, etc. are pretty cheap and boil up to be pretty filling and healthy and a few bullion cubes spices it up nicely but you can also add hot sauce and other spices if you happen to have them on hand.