Wednesday, January 11, 2012

food for the soul

i've been sick as a dog, there for i don't have much to report except 
that there is a lot of really bad daytime TV. i feel as tho my brain is rotting. 
today i got up and made soup. i hate soup, but i hate bring sick more.
 i have been really into this lentil soup at the little deli by my work. 
so i thought i would try and copy it. 
its not quite the same but its pretty damn good. the slow cooker is a magical machine.
the nice thing about this soup is that it freezes well... and thats a good thing this is a lot of soup! 
nice to have some reserve for the next round of crud or just a lazy night. 
i served this with a piece of  lightly toasted whole wheat bread  sprinkled with Parmesan cheese 
and butter, also a little sour cream on the husbands. he's a kinda picky this is a little too healthy for him.
nothing a dollop sour cream can't fix. 

here goes

2 cups of brown lentils, rinsed and drained twice 
8 cups chicken stock
1 bay lief
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
6 small potatoes, pealed and cut in half
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic power
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
just a pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
fresh pepper to taste

mix everything together in your 5 to 6 quart slow cooker
cover and set to low for 8-10 hours
remove bay lief before you serve...

*just a little side note.....  i like to take my 
immersion blender and just give it a couple of pulses just to thicken it up a bit
it breaks everything up nicely*

the second best thing about slow cooking is your house smells like heaven.
downside crazy neighbors commenting trying to chat me up. 
i'm sick people. it's soup.... buzzzzzz off.

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