Living at home with my parents over the past year, I’ve been cooking a lot of new things and have definitely broadened my cooking skills. My latest success was homemade veggie lentil soup (well mostly it was a success – both my Mom and Dad had to add some extra salt to their bowls – they love their salt!). I tend to stay away from soup recipes that require veggie broth — I think it’s much better to make everything from scratch. I like this recipe because it’s dead simple and doesn’t require a lot of steps.
1 cup green lentils
1 medium-sized onion
2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2 small potatoes
2 crushed tomatoes
3 cloves minced garlic
6-7 cups water
turmeric, fresh green chillies, red chilli powder/flakes
salt and pepper
Chop all the veggies, garlic, and cilantro. Crush the tomatoes in a blender.
In a big pot, mix water, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and olive oil. Bring to a boil.
Add potatoes, lentils, and crushed tomatoes after a few minutes.
Simmer for about 25 minutes.
Season to taste with fresh cilantro, turmeric, chillies, salt, pepper, and lemon. Lemon gives it a nice zesty flavour!
Serve with a side dish (fish or chicken), or for a light lunch, with a baguette or crackers & cheese. Will serve up to four people.
This afternoon I made some fresh tomato salsa, using my Mom’s recipe. Not sure where she got it from originally, but for as long as I can remember, we’ve been using it for enchiladas, burritos, and as a dip for tortilla chips. Here is the recipe:
3 tomatoes (Roma or other)
1 clove garlic
1/4 spanish onion
splash of lemon or lime
fresh green chillis, jalapeno, or red chilli powder (I use all three)
Most of the ingredients are to taste so you’ll have to experiment a little, depending on how spicy you like your salsa. But basically, chop tomatoes and onions into big chunks, and blend all ingredients together (I use the magic bullet and it works great). Serve with lightly baked tortilla chips and enjoy!
Happy New Year everyone!!! Hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start. Have you set any new year’s resolutions? Here is my list of ten resolutions for the year:
Visit 10 hot spots in Ottawa with my friend Hetal
Be more like my Mom (this may take many years!)
Get a job I love, pay down debt, be financially savvy
Complete my Creative Writing Certificate at U of T (it’s my final year!)
Turn 39 (LOL I have to make sure I achieve at least one of these)
Travel to a place I haven’t been before
Take part in Walk In Her Shoes in Ottawa (perhaps Sophie Gregoire will be there again this year?!)
Read lots of good books
Dance, smile, and laugh a lot… and learn to let go
Visit my friends in T.O. as often as possible
Also here are a few foundational things that are important to do on an ongoing basis, that set the stage for accomplishing any goal, and ensuring that I live healthily and happily.
Eating healthy and cooking lots
Regular yoga practice
Spending lots of time in nature
Facetiming my grandparents
Lots of laughter!
I’d love to hear your resolutions if you have any!! It’s always easier to get things done with the support of others, and especially knowing that the universe has your back. And finally, even if nothing gets done… there is always rebellion. ;-)