Today's episode - Netanel Chimes In
Mommy is cooking dinner in the kitchen, chopping carrots and sweet potatoes for red lentil soup (recipe below!). She just managed to put the baby down in the salon to play with his siblings, and is just beginning to feel the sweetness of working with two hands - when chaos strikes!
A toy was grabbed, hair was pulled, crying ensues...
Mommy (calling from the kitchen as she chooses between curry and cumin, finally deciding on both): Netanel, can you please help with sh-oh-ne- the- that-"
Netanel (incredulously): Yitzchak?
Mommy: Yes! Please help him to stop crying.
Netanel (now with impunity): Mooommy! What? You don't even know you're child's name?
Mommy (absently, stirring the soup): sometimes.
Netanel (with the know-it-all essence only a six year old can convey): (chuckles) you don't even know your kids' names! Blog that!
So I did. :-)
Absent-minded One-handed Red Lentil Soup recipe:
2 onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped or grated
2 sweet potatoes, in chunks
1 apple, grated
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 liters of water
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
spices: salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, curry, 1 bay leaf, 4 whole cloves, 4 dried myrtle berries
Sautee onion in olive oil over low heat (that way it doesn't burn while you run to wipe a nose, flush a toilet, sooth some tears, etc...)
add carrots, sweet potato, apple
add the ground spices and stir until aromatic
add garlic, sautee for about 30 seconds
add water, bring to a boil (you wanna raise the heat now!)
throw in the lentils and the bay leaf, cloves and berries (if you're not sure what these are, you can skip them!)
Simmer for about an hour, remove bay leaf, cloves and berries, and hit that pot with an immersion blender!
(If it seems like it still needs something, it does - lemon juice. Squeeze in about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice and you will have soupy bliss!)