Simple. Summer. Soup. I enjoy the slow rhythm of summer as the hectic pace of the Florida 'season' gives way to longer slower days, empty beaches, and plenty of parking spaces. Our seaside town becomes a small community once again as the locals emerge to enjoy all the beauty and culture that our lovely town has to offer, without the crowds. The Europeans that come to vacation here during July and August seem to understand our summer pace and they fit into our slower rhythm very nicely.
One of my favorite summer pleasures is preparing a simple supper, music playing, while sipping on a glass of cool French rosé. I love to slow down and be in the moment... to just enjoy the feeling of my knife as it slides through the carrots and the smell of freshly cut herbs as I add them to my soup. My heart fills with gratitude for the simple pleasures of this life. They are there. They are abundant... when I take the time to enjoy them.
Summer Lentil Soup
1 1/2 cups French green lentils
4 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh squeezed)
1/2 coarsely chopped fresh herbs (such as dill, parsley, basil, and thyme)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine lentils, carrots, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Cover with water by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes until carrots are tender. Stir in the citrus juices and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh herbs before serving.
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