Thursday, 25 March 2010

This one's for you

The Girl. Yep, that's right! So listen carefully. Because this post is indeed just for you (my dear other readers, please don't feel offended, read on and you'll understand!!).

Right, here's the story. A while back, I posted about various soups we were making at home because Boyfriend was having teeth problems, so we had to be creative as he was having them every single day. One day after one those posts, The Girl told me she didn't like soup. Actually, these were your exact words The Girl:

"I put nothing in my soup because I DON'T LIKE IT.
I know that doesn't make me normal but I just don't.
I mean I don't hate it I would just rather eat anything else."

I went home that night after work and the conversation went a bit like this:

me: "Hiya!! How are you? Had a good day?"

B: "Hello! Yeah I'm alright thanks, how are you? Got any comments on your blog today?" (hey, don't judge me, getting comments makes me happy alright?!)

me: "Yeah I did, it was really cool. Only you'll never guess what. The Girl said she doesn't like soup"

(and yes, The Girl is referred to as The Girl in my house - what can I say, blogs have taken over my life)

B: having a heart attack on the floor "What do you mean she doesn't like soup???!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

me: "Well yeah, she said she doesn't like soup".

And the conversation went on and on, Boyfriend banging his head against the wall, not understanding how someone could not like soup. Well ok, maybe he didn't bang his head against the wall, but you get the idea. He was in shock. Just. Could. Not. Understand.

And ever since then, I've been constantly reminded about the soup I'm about to give you a recipe for. Well ok, maybe not constantly, but at regular intervals. "Post about this soup, he tells me, and tell her to try it out!!! She can't say she doesn't like soup until she's tried this one!!!"

So here it is. The Girl, you just have to try this. For my sake (well unless you're allergic to lentils or chickpeas of course). To bring this whole thing to an end. Please. And if you say you don't like it, then I promise never to mention this ever again. Cross my heart.

To make this red lentil and chickpea soup you will need:

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • large pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 140g red lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • tin of chickpeas
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped (optional)
  • greek yogurt (optional)


  • Heat a large saucepan and dry fry the cumin seeds and chillli flakes for 1min.
  • Add the oil and onion, cook for 5min.
  • Stir in the stock, tomatoes and lentils.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer for 15min.
  • Blitz the soup with a stick blender in the saucepan.
  • Add the chickpeas to the saucepan and heat gently for 5min.
  • Stir in the coriander if using, and serve with a dollop of greek yogurt.

So there. Let me know what the verdict is.


Sandra said...

Mmh this sounds great ...I do like soup anyway but this sounds really worth trying it yumm!

Taz said...

Well The Girl is special enough to deserve her own post ;)

I do like soup and that one looks lovely now that I know the things floating in it are chickpeas and not what I first thought...sweetcorn. I don't do sweetcorn, or peas for that matter. Long story, traumatic childhood is all I need to say ;)

The Girl said...

Haha this has made me laugh so much but i'm having to do it silently because I'm at work (shush) so as I jerk and wriggle and try not to let whimpers escape from my mouth I will make my pledge.

I, The Girl, PROMISE to try this soup out next week. I will buy all the ingredients, I will put them in a pan and mush them altogether, whack it in a bowl and become a soup convert, all for the sake of your boyfriend, who I really don't want to end up with brain damage from hitting his head against a wall.

And now I've said it I can't go back on it because, you know, it's like written in stone.

Oh my god I'm so special, I got a whole post devoted to me. I love it! Now I will spend the rest of the day basking in my specialness (and working, obviously).

J said...

Perhaps if it were a soup made from her favourite crisps The Girl would be more inclined to give this yummy sounding soup a go, but alas I fear your efforts will be in vain. It would be like someone trying to get me to eat cabbage or peas - it's never gonna happen.

Your soup really does sound delicious though, to all us soup-lovin individuals :0)

Enjoy your trip away.

J said...

Oh dear, it looks as though as I was writing my comment, The Girl snook in there and has vowed to actually try your soup. Does this mean I've got to eat cabbage and peas?????? Noooooooooooooooo!

Rachel said...

I hate to admit it, but I don't eat soup either - except maybe chicken noodle (reminds me of Joey in Friends "mmm, noodle soup!") - basically anything with a load of vegetables floating in it is a no no for me!
R x

Marie said...

That sounds delicious, I'm tempted to try it, perhaps this weekend :-)

Melanie said...

Chickpeas!! Yum! We love chickpeas here. I will give a go at your soup, it sounds and looks yummy!

jane said...

HAha, that's such a funny story. The soup looks delicious! Lentil soup is one of my favourite things - I bet it's extra specially great with the yoghurt and coriander. Yum!

Simone said...

I love soup and must try this one! I hope The Girl likes it too!!!x

molly said...

This might just be genius. Thank you, kindly!!

lady noire said...

yummy, thanks for dropping by my blog, happy easter