Lately it’s been cold and icy and some days are snowy, I swear I just want to retreat to my bed and hibernate, the real hibernation that real animals like bears do. Think about it, it could totally work if we were all synchronised. All we’d need to do is eat as much as we can, get fat then live off our body fat while we hibernate (until the weather becomes bearable). If we all cooperated and did this in unison, we won’t even have to do anything or need any energy to do anything, no jobs etc because we would all be hibernating and the world will be at a stand still. I just need to send a memo to everyone in England…Twitter would probably work right? While the memo’s invisibly floating around the world wide web, I reluctantly decided to brave the cold and go running and surprisingly managed to not slip and got a few shots on my phone (I take it with me for the GPS running app), everywhere looks beautiful in the snow!
Anyways, I digress. The only things that got me through those runs were the longing for warmth and thoughts of warm hearty food like this delicious, easy and highly nutritious ‘throw everything together’ soup. Pulses like beans, chickpeas, lentils etc are a great source of protein, which I needed in order to repair my muscles and keep me fuller for longer (so no chance of calorific snacking) after that run. It was just what my mind and body needed to function.
- 1/2 onion, sliced thinly or chopped
- Handful of diced chorizo
- Handful of sliced cabbage
- 1 carrot, chopped or diced
- Sliced or chopped chillies
- 1 litre water
- A knob of ginger, grated
- 1 cup of green lentils, rinsed in cold water and drained
- 1 can (400g) chickpeas, rinsed in cold water and drained
- 1 can (400g) butter beans, rinsed in cold water and drained
- Salt, enough to taste
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 handful of coriander, chopped
As always for dishes like this one I literally just threw in whatever I found in the fridge and cupboards. I would have liked to put in some kidneys beans but we didn’t have any so I substituted with the creamy buttery butter beans which were a good choice. It’s not necessary to be confined to using chorizo, I wanted to use chicken but we didn’t have any available. You get the idea.
In a deep pan, fry the onions in a tablespoon of oil on low heat for about 3 minutes then add the diced chorizo, stir and leave for 5 minutes until some oil has been produced by the chorizo.
Throw in the sliced cabbage, chillies, carrots, water, ginger and the condiments and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the lentils into the pan then put the lid on and leave to simmer on low medium heat for 40 minutes or until they are almost soft (more done than al dente).
Now add the chickpeas and garlic, simmer for 5 mins
Throw in the butter beans and coriander and leave for 3-5 more minutes. They’re very tender even before cooking so overcooking them will make them quite mushy unless that’s your preference.
Get cosy, put on your favourite episode of Girls, Breaking Bad, The Office or Sex and the City and enjoy your soup with some bread or just by itself. If you’ve still got some left try it as a sauce with spaghetti, it tastes just as delish!
Are you with me on the whole hibernation thing? What would be your pre-hibernation meal?