To My Hubby,
We have been very busy these last few days. It feels like we’ve been gone for a month. Our wifi hot spots have all but disappeared around here, along with the Starbucks that closed. Must be the economy.
It’s very hot, and after the 3 inches of rain that came down last weekend, we’ll need to water the garden again today.
The boys caught a few fish today, and they’re trying to save them for you to see. But I told them they couldn’t keep them.
They couldn’t understand why.
Oh, and by the way, add a cup of red wine in place of the water to that red lentil soup I sent home with you. Also, go out a grab a few sprigs of parsley, and thyme. The thyme will help your allergies; but only when combined with other herbs. So, don’t forget to add the parsley, and a dash of red pepper flakes.
Can’t believe it’s only Monday. Seems like years since you left yesterday. Four more days until you’re here again.
And yes, the Wii Active seems to be working.
Recipe for Red Lentil Soup:
- 2 c dry lentils
- 5 c vegetable stock and/or water
- 1 t salt
- 2 T olive oil
- ½ c onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1 t cumin
- 1 t paprika
Rinse the lentils thoroughly, and pick through to remove any pebbles or other detritus.
Place in pot with stock or water — or red wine and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add salt and continue cooking until tender – another 10 minutes or so. (Add more liquid as needed, but not too much.)
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in the frying pan, add onion, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and soy sauce and sauté another 2 minutes.
Stir onions and remaining spices into the lentils, taste, and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.