One post I’m telling you how our car didn’t have air-conditioning, and the next I’m making French lentil soup. It may seem counterintuitive, I know, but here we are in the hottest season of the year in America and Tim and I are still scooping ladles of this creamy, spicy mixture to our bowls. What can I say? It’s economical, it’s easy, it’s a good way to use up the chard showing up in your farm share every week but, mostly, we like this sort of soup because it tastes good. In the world of soups, it is the closest thing to Asian takeout you can achieve fast and furious (and with all real food) without leaving your front door. By that, I don’t mean it tastes Asian exactly but rather that those same feelings you get from Asian takeout—I’m talking Indian or Chinese or, oh man, pad Thai—where what you’re eating is so richly spiced and flavorful that you feel like you’re escaping, like your eating from someplace entirely Other and not your hometown? That’s how I feel when we have this soup. It’s adapted from a version I saw on Traveler’s Lunchbox, which first won me over with its golden color and then bowled me over with its killer taste. It uses pantry staples like lentils and onions and garlic, too, and I’m always a fan of quick throw-together meals like that.
Other things that have felt like escapes this last week, and I mean the good kind of escapes, not where you wake up in a sweat, thinking you jumped off a building or snakes were in your bed, but the beautiful kind where your thoughts are lifted and your hope is restored:
- The Butcher and the Vegetarian: I found a copy of Tara Austen Weaver (of TeaandCookiesBlog.com)’s book at McKay’s last week or the one before, where I grabbed it because the first few pages pulled me in and because Tara’s a nice blogger who treats everyone with grace. Maybe it’s a funny thing to want to read a book because you think the author’s kind, but, honestly, I do. Anyway, I finished it a few nights ago and cannot recommend it enough. Personal, insightful look at vegetarianism and meat eating and food in general, one that is easy to relate to and helpful to think about.
- Spinning Plates: This Netflix documentary profiles three American restaurants, from the Michelin-rated to the family-owned. I came away from it feeling thankful for the people who have thrown themselves into the food industry, whether because of art or desperation or community, as well as wanting to support more small businesses in our town.
- Beautiful online spaces like this one and this one and this one.
- Creative Live: Do you guys already know about these free online classes geared towards creatives?
- We made this Wednesday. It was good.
French Lentil Soup