Chucking in another soup recipe before the weather gets too hot! It has been really mild here in Glasgow today, and I could almost sense a hint of Summer in the air. Cherry blossoms are in bloom, and I went on a really nice stroll this afternoon. Totally needed after a hectic week.
Smoky Lentil & Olive Soup
1 tbsp oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
800ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)
1 cup red lentils
100g pitted olives
Good splash of liquid smoke (about 1 tsp)
2/3 glass red wine (optional)
A good squeeze of tomato puree
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
- Start by heating the oil in a casserole on medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and fry forth a further few minutes.
- Now, add the remaining ingredients, turn heat down and simmer covered, for about 20-30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Stir every 10 minutes or so.
- Use a stick blender and whizz until smooth and season to taste, serve with good crusty bread!
Aside from cooking and working, I got to see my absolute favourite band - TRAVIS on Friday! They were playing at a humble venue called the O2 ABC in town, but put on one hell of a show! Through their music, I have gotten to know many amazing people from all of the world, and this year is their 20 year anniversary - can you believe it?!
What is your favourite band?
Recipe by yours truly,