Spiced Lentils and Spinach Stew
2 May 2010, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Soups, Vegies

This recipe is pieced together from other recipes.

2 tbsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 gloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cm ginger, finely chopped
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp fresh chillies
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
4 cups (1liter) vegetable stock
150 g brown lentils (no soaking required) pack
150 g red lentils (no soaking required) pack
150 g spinach leaves
Handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped

• Fry onion until it begins to brown.
• Add the garlic and ginger, cook for a further 2 minutes
• Add the spices, stir well cook for 2 minutes
• Add the tomatoes, stock and lentils
• Cook until lentils have softened
• When cooked, remove cinnamon stick
• Stir through the spinach
• When ready to serve garnish with fresh coriander


Soups, soups, and more soups
13 January 2010, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Family, General, Soups

Weather conditions have been consistent over the past weeks, unlike how my children have been behaving over the school holidays. Monsoonal showers, storms and heavy rain at times overnight — the weather warning advises.

Pressure due to boredom developing and is expected to deepen over the next few days. Isolated drama and teenage depression in the coming weeks might occur – my tip-off.  While the two little ones are looking forward to their swimming lessons every afternoon, the teen-ager is bored to tears.

Two more weeks to go and things will hopefully return to normality.

Mongo soup, Chicken sopas, and Beef soup