Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup 

Lentil soup has to be the most healthiest and easiest soup and such a comfort food especially on the cold winter days. A fireplace, lentil soup paired with pan fried peppers and a glass of retsina and of course a few good friends are all the ingredients you need for an ideal night for fun and chuckles.
Lentil soup has a minimum of 2- 3 ingredients and it cooks in about 45 minutes. When you're in hurry just throw all the ingredients together and just boil. I like to serve my lentil soup with pan fried peppers, sometimes anchovies but I always, always serve them with retsina. 

Retsina- is a traditional Greek white wine with an exceptional flavor that was found accidentally. Retsina production goes back to ancient Greek times. Retsina came about from the need to preserve wine, they used amphorae and wine vessels for transportation. They used resin to seal the wine so oxygen couldn't penetrate through and spoil the wine, if resin wasn't used the wine would spoil within a year. Pine resin was used as a sealant in which in turn it gave the wine the distinct flavor we have come to known today as Restina. As the years passed transportation of wine also changed, in the 3rd century Romans began to use barrels for wine transporting. This eliminated the need for resin but the flavor became so popular that they retained it. Restina is still made with the same process bit of course with a much lesser amount of resin. Retsina is best when paired with the appropriate recipe, for example, it's perfect when serving with legumes, fish and appetizers( a.k.a. meze in Greek).

      Lentil soup

      • 500 grams lentils
      • 3 chopped  garlic cloves
      • 1 teaspoon oregano
      • salt & pepper to taste
      • 10 tablespoons olive oil

       Add your lentils in a pot add water make sure it covers the lentils, allow them to boil for about 5 minutes. Drain your lentils in a colander. In the same pot add lentils, garlic, oregano olive oil, slat and pepper to taste, cover with water and allow to cook  for about 30 - 40 minutes. When they start to split they are ready, simmer on low heat and serve. 

  1. TIP: When serving drizzle with oil. Most Greeks also drizzle it with vinegar it will jazz up the flavor.
  2. My way of eating it,drizzle with vinegar and some feta cheese, I love it! I hope you will too. 
  3. KALE OREXI!! Another great dish from my kitchen to yours! 

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