March 29th, 2012

camp cook

Lentil soup

. . . by request

1 cup brown lentils
1 1/2 quarts water
2 slices bacon, finely cut
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp parsley
2 tsp savory
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 stalks celery with leaves, finely chopped
Worcestershire sauce, lemon, salt and pepper

Wash and soak lentils overnight (or, at least wash). Drain, put into large pot with 1 1/2 quarts cold water, 1 tsp salt and bacon. Simmer for 3 hours.

At end of first hour, melt butter in a pan, add olive oil. Add onion and , cooking slowly for 10 minutes. Add herbs and vegetables, cooking for 10 minutes more, then add the whole mess to the lentils.

At the end of the 3 hours, you may serve with lentils and veggies whole, or puree the soup. (I have usually left mine whole, which gives a nice, rustic feel to the soup; but then, I didn't have a stick blender back then, either.) Add a small amount of Worcestershire sauce to taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Slice lemon thinly, but 1 slice in bottom of each soup bowl and pour soup over it. Serve at once. Makes 6 servings.

Recommended Reading List

I was intrigued by somebody publishing a Reading List by an eminent preaching professor. It got me thinking: what books had most affected me? So, I set about to make up a Reading List of my own.

If I were to include here all my favorite books and authors, this list would be twice as long. Likewise, if I were to try to make a list of books I recommended as essential, I'm not sure I'd still recommend all of these. But these are the books that I have re-read frequently, or which I encountered at critical times of growth in my life. These are books which changed the way I think. Only one or two books which were once important to me but which I have since utterly rejected are not here.

So, here's my reading list of 125 books that shaped my mind and taste. Make of them what you will. How many of these have you also read?Collapse )