Barking Kitten

Fiction, musings on literature, food writing, and the occasional Friday cat blog. For lovers of serious literature, cooking, and eating.


Close to forty. Not cool. Politically left. Atheist. Happily married. No kids.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Fully immersed

The blender was successfully test-driven by Hockeyman last night, who declared it "a bit anticlimactic." Perhaps because it turned a laborious operation into a ten-second run through the pot, topped off with an additional ten-second rinse in the sink. What a relief after the blender.

We did indeed make lentil soup:

A ham hock

Chicken broth

Three stalks of young garlic, green parts included

One and one-half cups boring brown lentils (Le Puys, touted by cookbook writers everywhere, are a fortune)





Amounts...well, I didn't measure anything save the lentils. I tossed the onion, garlic, and carrot into the soup pot with some butter, let it brown, then dumped in everything else. It seemed a bit dry, so I added white wine and a little water. The soup took about nintety minutes to cook, and was a bit bland. I attribute this to the ham hock, which had spent considerable time in the freezer. So I added a shot of hot sauce, which picked the soup up nicely without being overwhelming. I made sourdough scones and that was that.

But new soupy vistas in the supermarket I bought some Straus cream, and am thinking seriously about the broccoli in the crisper. Hmm.....


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