22 September 2016

Fakes, Lentil Soup, Greek Style.



"Fakes" Greek lentil soup
"Fakes" Greek lentil soup


I love lentils, though I never used to, well, that’s not really true, I don’t know whether I did or I didn’t!

Silly isn’t it?

 But, I decided without even trying them, that this was not a dish for me.

My children do the self-same thing, it drives me crazy, but now we know where they get it from!

Anyway, I wouldn’t eat lentils; my children wouldn’t eat lentils, poor MGG (My Greek God) could only dream about lentils, unless he ate them elsewhere, they weren’t on the menu!



Dreaming of "Fakes" lentils
Dreaming of "Fakes" lentils


 My children grew up, left home, and MGG brought up the lentil subject; again!

To please him, I made them, “Never mind” I thought, “I can have a sandwich”

Where to find the recipe? Best to ask my mother-in-law, after all, it’s her lentil soup MGG’s familiar with.

Keeping in mind her strict instructions, I bought brown lentils, not green, not red, nor orange.



Lentils for every occasion
Lentils for every occasion


“No carrots or celery, and definitely no sausage or pork, and use fresh tomatoes, not juice or puree”, she told me, “Never mind what others tell you, listen to me, do it my way”

So, what could I do? I did it her way.

Everything went smoothly, it looked like it should, and, didn’t smell too bad at all, in fact, it smelled delicious.

So, when MGG, with his mouth watering, sat down to sample my efforts, and give his verdict, I thought “why not? I’ll try them”.



"Fakes" Greek lentil soup and garlic bread"
"Fakes" Greek lentil soup and garlic bread"



What a revelation, what had I been missing all these years, they were delectable!



French Puy lentils, the best! Difficult to find in Greece.
French Puy lentils, the best!
Difficult to find in Greece.

A friend suggested I try Amazon for my favourite, hard-to-find in Greece, French Puy lentils.

Why didn't I think of that?

I had a look, and yes, here they are!

Merchant Gourmet Authentic Puy Lentils 500 g (Pack of 4)


Now, apart from the hot summer months, we eat “Fakes”, Greek lentil soup, at least once a week.

Garlic bread is the perfect partner for lentil soup.

 The days we have lentils, MGG will bring home, two or three fresh, crusty baguettes from out local bakers, which I fill with garlic butter and pop into the oven, ten minutes or so, before we sit down to eat.


Ingredients for lentil soup
(This recipe makes enough for six people)


Ingredients for "Fakes" Greek lentil soup.
Ingredients for "Fakes" Greek lentil soup.


500 gr brown lentils

2 ripe tomatoes

2 large onions (Chopped)

2 garlic cloves (Chopped)

2 tbs vinegar

1 bay leaf


Aprox 2 litres water

Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt


Method


Put lentils into a large saucepan, add water, bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes

Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally, and grate, using the largest holes of grater, discard skins.

Add the tomatoes, along with the chopped onion and garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar and bay leaf.



Grated fresh tomatoes
Grated fresh tomatoes

Bring to the boil again, add olive oil, turn down heat to a simmer, and cook for about 1 ½ hours, until lentils are soft, stirring occasionally, take care towards the end, as the soup thickens, it is more likely to burn.


Garlic bread



Garlic bread.
Garlic bread.


3-4 fresh baguettes

200 gr salted butter, softened

4 garlic cloves

Mince garlic, add to butter, and mix well.

Diagonally slice baguettes, don’t slice right through.

Spread garlic butter, liberally, between the cuts you have made in the baguettes.

Wrap in foil, separately, and place in oven, 200 degrees C for about 15 minutes

Remove from foil and enjoy!


By the way, my children still turn up their noses at "Fakes"

If only they knew!



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"The Country Cooking Of Greece" Diane Kochilas
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2 comments:

  1. Right now I know what to cook on Saturday.
    Looks good.

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    1. So easy Hilary, and very tasty.
      I always seem to have the ingridients at hand, no need to go shopping, or, rather, MGG doesn't need to go shopping!
      Susan.x

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