Friday, March 15, 2013

Orange-Scented Lentil Soup ~ FFWD


Orange-Scented Lentil Soup for this weeks French Friday
Dorie tells us how Lentil soup has a lock on French hearts.  I’m not French but, Lentil soup has a hold on my heart as well.  I grew up on a version of this soup and a dish called Mujadarah, a dish of lentils, rice and sauteed onions. We couldn’t eat meat on Fridays back then so, it was Lentil soup or Mujadrah on the menu. My grandmother would make a variety of meatless dishes every week and, have her children and grandchildren come by to eat! Eleven grandchildren invading her small house with their parents. She was a saint!  This happened mostly during lent but, fridays were usually spent with family at my grandmothers house!
Lentil soup bringing back many memories

This weeks pick for French Fridays was Orange-Scented Lentil Soup.  I was really looking forward to it!  Even before I tasted this one, I knew I would really enjoy it.  I was right!  It was another easy, quick pick from my fellow Doristas, and quite delicious!  My husband started South Beach last week,  and this soup fit perfectly into his diet.  I added a handful of  meatballs to his bowl, which went a long way to satisfy his primal need..MEAT!  I mean the man can’t have bread ( his other primal need ) so, I had to add something of substance! 

This soup had some added flavor from ginger, nutmeg, coriander and orange.  The flavors were subtle yet distinctive!  I had a bag of du Puy lentils ( picked up on my last visit to Whole Foods ) in my pantry, so no need to shop for this dish! 
You start by slicing all the veggies and softening them in some olive oil before adding broth, lentils, and the spices. Bring to a boil and  then simmer, covered for 60 to 90 minutes. Lentils should be soft enough to crush with a spoon. Season, then puree to a smooth texture.  Another keeper!!
 

A bit of a warning. Next time I make this I will put my peppercorns and coriander in a grinder. Biting into a peppercorn is not pleasant!!  Happy Friday everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” and it is posted here.  To see what the other Doristas are doing check it out here.

Soften all the veggies in olive oil
Simmering away
 A definite keeper

22 comments:

  1. Grandmother´s memories about food are the best. I love lentils and this is a wonderful soup, though I didn´t puree it. Love your plates Kathy! Have a great weekend.

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  2. Our grandma's were something, weren't they, Kathy. Your grandma probably didn't blink twice about a houseful of mouths to feed, did she? It was just Life and you seem to have many of those childhood memories in your storage box that you have often shared with us. Never have heard of Mujadarah. But I have Otolenghi's "Jerusalem" and may eventually order Greg Malouf's Middle Eastern cookbooks as I am intriqued by Middle Eastern flavors and spices. Good luck to your hubby - bread is my downfall. I currently am limiting my bread intake to one piece a day - for Lent - and I am suffering.

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  3. Your soup Kathy would have been a welcome change from the potato Fridays of my childhood. I recall having potato soup, potato stew and french fries all for one dinner. My nose is still too big.

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  4. Love the memories...and food seems to bring them to the surface. Your soup is beautiful...I never thought of lentil soup as being beautiful before...but yours is. Lovely presentation, pretty photos, and very beautiful soup!

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  5. Lovely memories and delicious soup. I was not initially convinced by the idea of adding orange peel to my lentil soup, but it turned out to be a lovely flavor pairing.

    And I imagine that I will need to add some sausage to the soup for my husband:-) He would eat it plain, but he will like it with sausage.

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  6. I love that lentils span so many cultures. I love Indian and Mediterranean versions of lentils. You should post the Mujadarah recipe I am always looking for new ways to make lentils.

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  7. We really enjoyed this one, too. I would love to sit in your kitchen over a bowl of this soup and listen to your family stories! I often lived far away from my grandmother (Japan & Italy) and she died when I was only 13. My mother & aunt say I'm a lot like her, but I would have loved the chance to get to know her better!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. I think my Bill would have liked this too..if I called it split pea soup instead of lentil soup :/ I loved it, too!

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  9. Kathy, your soup looks wonderful. Lentil soup has always been a favorite of mine. Dorie's version did not disappoint. I enjoyed it. Hope you have a good weekend.

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  10. I'd never had lentils before, but I'm certainly interested in trying more of them now! This was such an amazingly comforting soup, and so simple to make! I can definitely see this becoming a family favorite for us. Yours looks great!

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  11. Kathy, wonderful childhood memories and very, very elegant presentation of the Orange-Scented Lentil Soup - your post is the best exapmle of the fact that a puréed lentil soup is indeed photogenic.
    Have a good weekend!

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  12. My grandmother had ten children and countless grandchildren, but I had the disctinction of being the youngest grandchild (by a large number of years) - which means that I went over to her house I didn't usually have to share her :-)

    This was a lovely soup and has the potential of making great family memories, I think.

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  13. What a deliciously lovely soup my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  14. This is one lovely and delicious lentils soup, kathy.

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  15. I can't get over the different garnishes that everyone used in this soup and they all look so great. You always show a perfect picture with a delicious slice of bread, do you make your own bread? Tricia and I are looking forward to Seattle, I'm sure
    we will have a wonderful time. It will be fun to finally meet many of the Doristas. Have a great weekend.

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  16. I love lentils too, Kathy, as soup as mujadarah most any way. Thanks for causing me to remember my own grandmothers' cooking. Nothing like it, is there? Have a great weekend.

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  17. I bought a huge bag of bulk lentils awhile back so may have to try this. Thanks for the heads up on the peppercorns ;-)

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  18. Love your story about eating at Grandmas house! We spent yesterday celebrating my Grandson's 2nd birthday, I hope he will be able to share stories of going to his Gandmas house eating dinner too someday! My husband got the peppercorn in our house!

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  19. Nothing like a comforting bowl of lentil soup-especially when memories of Grandma are involved!

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  20. Oooh, I'm so ready to be off this cleanse so I can enjoy creme fraiche on soups again!

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  21. First, I have to say how delighted Nana and I are to get to join you and the other Doristas who are going to Seattle. What fun we will have !! We are really looking forward to it. And now, your lovely soup. Enjoyed hearing of Fridays with your Grandmother -what lovely recipes. We look forward to deep fried provolone sandwiches on hearty Italian bread during Lent. Very NOT South Beach. I could use a bit of SB/Atkins myself after the cheesy creme brulee....having it on that homemade bread became an instant favorite and a new way to pack on the pounds :) Good thing we have the lentil soup to offset it~

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  22. It looks perfect, Kathy. I'm glad your husband enjoyed it. I hope when I do make this mine will enjoy it as well, but so far I haven't had much luck with him liking any dish that involves lentils.

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