Ezogelin (Turkish Red Lentil, Bulgur and Rice Soup)
Well known to all those around her, we were introduced to Ezogelin at our first dinner in Pamukkale, Turkey. We arrived after dark, in a shroud of fog, feeling cold and damp through and through. Ezogelin banished the chill, delighted our taste buds and filled our bellies with her humble, yet slightly exotic manner. She was so enticing, I asked her to join us the following night and would have requested her company on yet our third night if not for the prospect of meeting the other locals.
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time45 min
- Total Time1 hr
- Serving Size10 servings
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 12 cups well flavored broth or boullion (I like Edward and Sons Not-Beef Bouillon for this soup)
- 2 teaspoons smoky paprika
- 2 cups red lentils
- 1 cup white, long grain rice
- ½ cup bulgur wheat
- 1 ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 teaspoons dried mint
- Juice from one lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
Preparing the soup
Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Stir in the onions and cook until soft and transparent. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and paprika. Add stock, lentils, rice and bulgur wheat and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are meltingly tender. You may need to add additional stock depending on how thick you like your soup. Add red pepper flakes (if using), dried mint and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While the soup is simmering...
Decorate a bag to deliver the soup in, play a game or dance around the kitchen. Clean up is also fun when it involves bubbles and silly songs or jokes!
Serve with a sprinkle of dried mint and squeeze of fresh lemon.
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This weeks musing on creating more nourishing relationships....
Add More Joy to the World
Do you know someone who manages to make your world a bit more delicious?
They may smile at strangers, offer a hand, admire the baby, invariably text just when your feeling low, offer you a ride, share their best recipe, make time for a walk or wave you over when you arrive at yoga.
They are the people in your life who share a tidbit or a book or a show that is just right for you.
They may ask for your help or make you laugh… or cry.
You might not even know them personally but the poem or book or song they wrote rocked your world.
It might be the person who holds the door or lets you merge onto the packed highway or smiles in the checkout lane instead of checking their phone.
It’s not exactly what they do… it’s just that they somehow make your world a better place.
Really, it’s a miracle. It’s a miracle because we have survived the heartaches and the regrets and the bad haircuts and the uneven halves. And even though we’ve been disappointed, left out, left behind and rejected by some, we still know people who make our world a better place on a daily basis!
I’ve been thinking about this miracle a lot recently, especially given the divisiveness that seems to be running rampant.
I’ve been wondering about and experimenting with how we take this thing that other people do for us and become a multiplier for joy in the world.
Three of the simplest ways I’ve found are:
1. Start with you. Do something delicious just for you. Blast your favorite music, dance like no one is watching, buy yourself a decadent treat or take yourself for a walk. This works because your good mood and smile are infectious.
2. Try wide-ranging appreciation for things you might otherwise take for granted. Thank the mailman for delivering the mail or your feet for helping you balance or the tree outside your door for absorbing carbon monoxide and producing oxygen. Or simply say thank you a bit more often.
3. Set an alarm to ring randomly once a day and notice one good thing when it goes off or send a text to someone that says, “just thinking about you and it made me smile.” (Bonus points for doing both!)
As I said, I’ve been obsessing over this idea… a lot. Which brings me to my final suggestion. It takes a bit longer than the others but is well worth the effort.
It’s my new free + fun pet project called SouperPower. Each week I’ll be sharing a recipe for soup. If you’re so inclined, schedule one hour (or so) to make soup with your family or a group of friends or colleagues. Then, eat half the soup and give the other half away to someone who will enjoy it. To quote a friend, easy peasy, lemon squeazy!
P.S. Thanks to all the joy makers in my life! I couldn’t do it without you! (You know who you are!)