I'm sure it's an occupational hazzard as a food blogger that you find youself making and baking the same stuff most of the time. Shepherd's pie is churned out most weeks now as my local butcher Ray Conlon on Catherine Street makes the best mince which makes the best pie. He minces exactly the amount of steak you need each time. I always leave his shop feeling smug and special with my bag of made for me meat. Strangely he always seems to be chatting to someone either in the doorway or on the phone every time I go there. There's usually a beef carcass on the butchers block and very little else going on.
I did make something new today, for lunch for me and a pal of mine who came over with her two-year-old for a visit while the huge kids were all at school. I've had a pack of yellow split peas, also known as soem kind of lintils in the back of the cupboard for ages, and half a chozizo in the fridge that needed using up. Lentil soup with Chorizo I figured. Soup is always a handy one for those not-really planned meals. As women do we chatted like there was not tomorrow while the small fella wandered doe-eyed around the place with a marker in his hand. As we discussed relationships and the wonders of that book Men are from Mars , Women are from Venus (delivered by the ex over my back wall shortly after the banana bread, another story). When the little pets Mum went to check on him, only interrupted my my phone ringing, she discovered he had decided to be Picasso all over teh living room walls with his blue marker. I could hear her screeching and had to laugh when I saw the extent of his creativity, he even drew on the TV. Well they do saw we should let kids express them selves. My poor pal was all apologies but it's just paint, and she did bring me a case of French wine and a home baked pear tea bread, made with pears from her garden. So who cares? I wanted to paint that room anyway.
Back to the soup. This is a warming wintery one make more meal-ish by the chorizo strips that look like chips and are just browned in the pan.
The soup is easy, all soup is, if you don't have yellow split peas use red lentils and don't cook for as long. Some lentils need soaking so just follow the packs instructions until they are ready to cook.
Spicy lentil soup with chorizo chips
1 small onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 thumb size piece of ginger grated
1 cup lentils, red or yellow
1/2 teaspoons turmeric, chilli and cumin
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
1. Heat a little oil in a pot and slowly cook the onion, ginger and garlic till they are soft. Add the spices, stir and cook for another minute.
2. Throw in the washed and prepared lentils and add the stock, cook till the lentils are mushy and then zap everything in the blender, season. If it's too thick add more water, use your cooks noggin.
3. Brown the chorizo chips and pour out the soup, top with the chorizo and drizzle over some of it's orangey oil.
It helps to eat this before the toddler scribbles all over the wall, because you'll be full and it won't matter then. It's also quite closew to the clour of the walls, hmmmmm.
P.S approach two bowls with caution, see post title!