Friday, December 27, 2019


persimmons as art!
 It doesn't act like a cold, but it involves a sore throat and irritated sinuses. I needed soup. What to make with what was on hand? The celery looked a bit wilted, the ginger had oxidized a little, some broth containers were out of date but one was in it's date. Bag of lentils... hmmmm

Lentils a la Lana

Mince 1 small or 3/4 large onion
thinly slice several stalks of celery
mince half a bell pepper (i used red)
chop a small peeled sweet potato
peel and mince a ginger knob (mine had turned blue gray in the fridge but was fine)
1 tsp minced garlic (mine was in the jar)

Melt one TBSP butter and small amount of olive oil in deep soup pot. Put above vegetables into the melted oil to soften and absorb it, on medium heat.

1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
1 quart organic chicken broth, plus bit of hwater to rinse container
tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp basil
dash of onion salt
ground pepper
1/8 cup cooking sherry

bring to a gentle boil then turn heat to simmer, cover and let meld (half hour to 40 min)

it's thick but delish!
Not a food blogger so it's not a pretty photo but does have a flamingo
I made this up as I went along, so feel free to change any ingredients or amounts. Want it soupier?
add in two quarts of broth

To go along with the soup/ stew we had charcuterie
 what is it about a plate of little snacks that makes me happy? TJ's garlic crackers, pub cheese with jalepenos, hickory farms turkey sausage, and fresh persimmon slices.

so, again, not foodie blog worthy but yummy and happy food for the day after Christmas.
Now we're off to see what's shakin' in  Golden CO today.

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  1. I really like to eat most soup but am not good at making it. I've ruined more pots of soup over the years. Sometimes by adding one ingredient that just fights with the other flavors. I've curdled cream soups, etc. A local restaurant makes a really yummy beer cheese soup that we love. My other issue is that neither of us likes lentils or most beans - it's a texture thing for me - so it eliminates a lot of wonderful homemade soups. The flavor is great but I "eat around" those lentils. Hope you feel better soon!!

  2. I've never eaten a persimmon! I could go for some soup. Actually that's on the menu tomorrow I believe. We ate so much the last few days!!

  3. Looks delish--I've never had persimmon either..what does it taste like? Sorry you're under the weather...hope you feel better tomorrow hugs, Julierose

  4. Hi LeeAnna,
    Thanks for the persimmon tip! I tried peeling them ....but that was just messy! Then cutting them in half and scooping out the filling, like an avocado...was also not the best trick to get out all the fruit. Maybe just slicing them might just do the trick!
    Soup recipe looks great! A hunter gatherer soup...hunt and gather whats in the fridge and cupboards!
    enjoy the weekend!

  5. Yum Lentil soup~ Praying your feel better real soon~ Hugs~

  6. Hoping that you are all well very soon. Your food does look yummy and great photos too.

  7. Sounds yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 8 for Soup Recipes. Pinned.

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