Doesn’t the weather like this automatically call for soups and stews? Though I should admit that my attraction to such recipes might have more to do with the fact that they use only one pot (= less dishes), I do also love that when eaten with some good bread, they often represent a balanced meal in one bowl.
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon
While in a San Francisco bookstore, I picked up Molly Wizenberg’s memoir, A Homemade Life. I had heard about her well-known blog Orangette, but hadn’t really read through it. After reading a few posts – I’m sold. I love her voice, and the stories she tells through food. Of course, it’s also a great resource for new things to try. Red lentil soup with lemon was one such recipe.
I’m not sure I love it as much as Molly does – it doesn’t quite “sing” for me, but I did love the texture. The recipe calls for only half of the mixture to be purred, which provides a nice change from some of the thicker lentil soups I’ve come across. The cilantro is a fresh touch, and the cayenne gives it that needed kick.
Red lentil soup
Chicken with Celeriac
I’d been meaning to try Gail Hall’s chicken with celeriac recipe for some time, and after arming myself with celeriac from Greens, Eggs and Ham after a visit to the Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market, I was ready.
It is moderately successful, though I may have diced the celeriac a bit too fine, as it started to break down in the broth. My only other complaint about the recipe was the final addition of oil is too much – a drizzle, rather than a 1/2 cup (though it did make the perfect accompaniment to dip crusty bread in).
Chicken with celeriac
With the weather not really looking up, more soups and stews will be on the docket in the coming weeks. Stay warm!