Monday, August 25, 2008


Let me first state that this blog has no connection to the television series New Tricks (which has been renewed for another season) or to actor Dennis Waterman. The legalese done away with, I picked up on a favourite phrase the character Gerry uses. Thus Easy-Peasy Soup.

This is a recipe that a bachelor on the go ---or on the take--- might put together for a light midnight snack whether he is coming off the late shift at the police station or at a security job for the extra wink-wink-nudge-nudge quid. It is quite simple but filling for those after hours sleuthings or late poker games.

Gerry Standing Easy-Peasy Soup

Two cups of lentil soup mix

I favour a gluten free generic mix of split yellow peas, split green peas, French lentils, red lentils, and long grain brown rice.

Three cups of water

32 ounces pre-packaged vegetable broth, or homemade vegetable stock

The broth that I use is Pacific or Imagine brand but any will do. The Pacific brand has thyme, bay, onion, carrots, tomatoes, celery, onions, leeks,sea salt, and parsley. It is more robust than the Imagine brand. With a pre-packaged broth you do not have to worry about storing celery that may release poisonous, phototoxic furocoumarins from the spoiled plant.

A pinch of rosemary if you would like it sweet.

Two carrots; peeled, washed, and chopped

Just the root, not the leaves because the greens can give you contact dermatitis if your skin is exposed to sunlight. 

One medium onion, washed and chopped

A can of diced tomatoes, if you wish

Pepper and salt to taste

Rinse the lentil mix in a sieve. Drain. Put the lentil mix in a large saucepan or soup pot.

Pour in the water and broth into the soup pot. Dump in the carrots and onion, tomatoes optional. Sprinkle the soup with rosemary, if you wish. Bring the liquid to a boil. Turn down the heat. Simmer the soup for an hour to an hour and a half. This makes a better crock pot recipe, basically a six hour commitment on high and eight on low.

This is nice to serve with small red potatoes and bread. It is a good soup that will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Serves 3

NOTE: This is my 100th post on The Writer's Home.

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