Sweet Potatoe and Lentil Soup

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We recently came back from a weeks camping and on the route home we popped into the supermarket in order to pick up some staples for the working week a head.  Armed with zero recipes and preparation on my behalf the sweet potatoes called out to me.

This makes a nice hearty soup with left overs for the freezer for those mid week school nights.

Sweet Potatoe and Lentil Soup

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Large Onion
  • 250g red lentils
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes (400g tin size)
  • 2 tbsp bouillon
  • 1.2l boiling water
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled crushed/chopped
  • Glug of oil

Directions:

  1. Wash the lentils and then soak in 300 ml of water
  2. Dice the onion, and add to the oil in a pan, soften
  3. Add the garlic and stir in
  4. Stir in the Bouillon
  5. Pour in the boiling water, and then pour in the lentils with its soaked water
  6. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into rough bite sized pieces, add to the pan
  7. Add the tomatoes
  8. Bring to a simmer for 20 mins or so
  9. Choice here to make smooth or rustic, I used a Potatoe masher for rustic or you can use the hand blender for smooth.  The choice is yours!

Desire to Write a Cookbook

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I keep coming back to a burning desire to write a recipe book.  I’m not some amazing foodie or a high flying chef with any stars after my name, however I am someone who cares about the food we eat.  I’m educated enough to know that the provenance of food is important, that we’ve gone way too far in terms of  processed meals.  However I understand it’s about choices and I’m not too precious to say that the odd pre made pizza or packet of reconstituted ham makes its way into the shopping basket.

Reading bird by bird by Anne Lamott, some instructions on writing and life..…the concept of short assignments taking it recipe by recipe!  She stresses over and over its not about getting published, it’s about writing and the love of it.  A trip to the foodie section in any good book store gets me all excited at the same time a pang in my heart kicks off as I think why would my ideas stack up against this lot!

Reality kicks in, these authors have put the hard yards in and becoming a food writer just doesn’t happen because you write a blog post every 3 months or so and call yourself a blogger.

I need to promise to myself not to get caught up in the razzamatazz of the foodie world and stick to my own path.   There are so many great food blogs already, so many great recipe books.  Why do we need another one?  I wonder if Jamie Oliver says to himself, I’ve written 17 books I think I’ll stop there, there are way too many books on the shelves as he stacks another video up on food tube.   This the epitome of success I know.  So I’m going to define what success means for me…….and that really means push on and keep my head down.

There will be peaks and troughs of enthusiasm, I know it’s not going to be easy, what I do have though is a hard working ethic and the will to get things done.  I also need to accept that I’m only human, I have a day job with a busy set of family activities and life continues to throw it’s challenges.   Food writing is a hobby, a chance to share and a way of getting excited about the food we eat.

Another re-read 4/4/17: Just read this through and this feels like another one of those self-motivational talks one gives themselves when they know they need to go to the gym and a new resolution kicks off.  My intention was to declare a public open statement of intent with a view to making a promise to persevere.

I’ve just been spurred on by Andrea Badgley Butterfly Mind piece on ‘The things we focus on are the things that will flourish

It’s time for focus if I want this blog to flourish………