09/24/08 — First you sow the seed…

I made pumpkin soup with red lentils for dinner, and lentils always make me think of Neil from The Young Ones:

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Pumpkin lentil soup:

  • Spices to your own taste:
    • curry powder
    • anise seed (optional)
    • cumin seed
    • ground or fresh ginger
  • 3 TBP olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can pumpkin (not the pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups veg broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Toast the spices in an empty pot, at low heat, until they just start to smoke. Then add oil, then onion and celery, and cook until onions turn transparent. Then add broth, red lentils, and pumpkin. Mix together and simmer for about 40 minutes or until lentils are tender. You may need to add small amounts of water while soup is cooking. Put finished soup into a blender and puree. When serving, pour coconut milk on top.