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The perfect quick and easy soup to warm you up. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook super fast and do not require pre-soaking, so you can whip up a batch for lunch in minutes.

Prepping the ingredients


  • 2 L (8 cups) mild vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 small onion,  coarsely chopped
  • 500 ml (2 cups) masoor lentils
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 ml (¼ tsp) turmeric
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of fresh ginger
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) mandarin orange zest
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) mandarin orange juice
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander, chopped for garnish (optional)

Rinse lentils thoroughly until water runs clear. In a large pot, bring the stock to a boil. Add onion, lentils, lime leaves, turmeric, garlic and pepper and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are cooked (about 25 mins). Add ginger and mandarin orange zest and process with an immersion blender until smooth. Simmer 5 more minutes. Adjust salt to taste, add mandarin orange juice, stir well and serve.

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Will you please bring me this gorgeous thing here:

iittala Sarpaneva cast iron pot

I certainly don’t need it but I think my life would be much happier with a beautiful Scandinavian cast iron pots in it. And while you’re out prowling through kitchen stores, I’d also love a couple of these cute puppies:

Pho bowl set by Omid Sadri

And as always, I’d be perfectly happy to get ride of furniture to accomodate more books such as these:

Diccionario Botánico Para Cocineros by Andoni Luis Aduriz
Bestiarium Gastronomicae by Andoni Luis Aduriz
A Day at El Bulli by Ferran Adrià
Natura by Ferran Adrià
Bras : Laguiole, Aubrac, France by Michel Bras
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
And pretty much anything by Michael Pollan.

I promise to have cookies out for you.

PS  Oh, and I could really use a decent SLR digital camera like say the Canon EOS Rebel XSi so that I may stop subjecting my readers to crappy cell phone photos…

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