Let’s talk about soup, baby.
I love soup. It’s filling, earthy, and comes in dozens of shades of
glorious brown. Best of all, some of the heartiest soups use inexpensive
things like lentils, beans, rice and barley, which is pretty nice when
you’re broke as smoke. You can make a giant pot of soup for under $5,
and that’s a pretty solid deal as far as liquids are concerned.
Tonight I made “Arabian Lentil & Rice Soup” from Appetite for Reduction.
This is actually my second time attempting this recipe, but the first
time I was missing a couple of key ingredients so really it was more
Arabian Lentil & Rice Soup-esque. I figured I’d give it another go
so I could sample it in all its zesty glory. Behold the results:
Very tasty and fragrant! As you can probably tell from the photo I’ve
added a little bit of finely chopped kale and parsley to the soup,
because I felt like it needed a little something extra texture-wise,
plus without a little pop of green it kind of looked like loose baby
poops. Check out the super-sexy close-up:
I also added a tiny bit of celery seed, because that’s how I roll.
The first time I made this soup I was out of coriander and had to make
do without. It still tasted decent, but in this case a meager teaspoon
of the stuff makes a world of difference to the flavor. Coriander
somehow manages to be tangy and flowery at the same time, which adds a
super-duper tastiness and complexity to this otherwise simple soup. I
had actually passed over this recipe the first couple of times I pawed
through the book, thinking it wasn’t interesting enough, but I was so
Final verdict: 8 out of 10 grains of Basmati rice
STUDIO APARTMENT-FRIENDLY BONUS TIP:
If you’re trying to pinch pennies and don’t have the space to make your
own veggie stock, broth concentrates are your friend. Most soup recipes
will call for at least four cups of stock/broth, but rather than dirty
up an extra pot I like to dilute the appropriate amount of stock
concentrate in about one cup of hot water, then add the rest of the
liquid directly to the soup pot in the form of plain ol’ water. Easy