So, after proclaiming it too hot for soup, I went and had exactly that for dinner. It was actually Chris’ idea for using up some leftovers, so he started making it while I was out for a few hours. Thanks to a giant rain storm that left me soaking wet, soup suddenly sounded like a pretty good idea. Here’s an approximation of his recipe:


  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 jalepeno, minced/diced/whatever you do to jalepenos
  • 1/8 tsp corriander
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 bouillon cube +1 tbsp red miso +  4 cups water
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • leftover sauteed zucchini (about 1, sliced and quartered)
  • 1/2 a bunch of kale, rinsed then soaked in salted water, rinsed again, and shredded


  1. Sautee garlic, onions, and carrots for about 20 minutes.
  2. Add bouillon/water mixture and rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes.

It was delicious. Eating a bowl of soup while lightning continued to flash outside was very comforting. I used to be a big scaredy-cat about storms. For the most part, I’ve outgrown that, but I still have my moments.

Even thoughI love the hot weather, it makes me so sleepy. Sometimes you just need to curl up and call it a day early. I mean, hey, how else are you going to have the energy for all the goings-on worth staying up late for?

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