Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words following my last post. It helps to think of so many people sending messages of support and sympathy to Jerome’s family and friends. I’m grateful that my words were able to convey even a little of the fantastic fellow Jerome was – and remains in the memories of those who knew him.
It also helps to focus on the moments in each day that sing of joy and sunlight, the moments that overlay the creeping bleakness. Moments like a coffee catch-up with a friend I haven’t seen in months. Or cuddles with my dog, who has become a little old lady almost without me noticing. Texts with friends that skirt (and at times fully cross) the borders of appropriateness, and thereby make me gasp with laughter.
Laughing so hard with my brother than I almost choked on the below spicy vegetable lentil soup, twice. The comfort of having my brother here for the weekend, both for Easter (Happy Easter/Passover, by the by) and the funeral.
It helps to know there is light still, even if it is ephemeral.
And though we can’t grasp intangible light, we can at least let it suffuse us when it shines.
Spicy Vegetable Lentil Soup
- 1 tb olive oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp (or more; I’ll do more next time) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 large (150g) carrot, chopped
- 1 tsp sambal oelek, to taste
- 1 tin (410g) chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup (100g) French puy lentils
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- half a medium head of broccoli (150g), chopped
- salt, pepper, fresh herbs, or any garnishes you’d like, to taste.
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and then add the onion, garlic, and rosemary. Stir until the onion begins to turn translucent. Add the carrot and sambal oelek, stirring until the carrot begins to soften.
- Add the tomatoes, lentils, and stock, and stir well. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the broccoli and cover again, cooking for about five minutes more or until the broccoli is cooked to your liking (I prefer my broccoli to have some bite to it).
- Season to taste, then serve. Once you’ve sat down at the table, I highly recommend whipping out a little tub of yellow powder, piling several spoonfuls of said powder into your bowl, and then leaning towards your dining partner to offer, in a low and somewhat creepy voice, “nutritional yeaaaaaast?”. If your dining partner is anything like my has-no-idea-of-wacky-vegan-condiments brother, much hilarity will ensue.
Question Time: Can you believe I just posted a savoury recipe? No, me neither. And here’s another question, for good measure: What did you get up to on Easter Sunday?