Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bechorah Soup

Back when I first got married, I knew how to cook just about . . . nothing. Enter my very patient husband, who, thanks to his upbringing in Russia, was accustomed to occasional bouts of hunger.(Okay, that was a terrible joke.)

One of the first recipes I tried out in my new life as a Mrs. came from a magazine my mother gave me when she was finished with it. It was probably Family Circle or Parade or something like that. Coincidentally, the week I tried out the recipe corresponded with the weekly Torah portion of Toldot, which includes the well-known story of Esav selling his bechorah, or birthright, to Yaakov for a bowl of red lentil soup.

The recipe is called Pot Luck Soup, but in the Raggedy household, it is known as Bechorah Soup. It's a good, hearty soup pefect for this time of year when the chillier weather is upon us (please stop laughing, Fudge and Ezzie. In my opinion, it is colder these days). Make sure to have plenty of challah or bread for dipping purposes. Doubling it works fine. My own notes are in brackets:

Pot Luck Soup

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter [margarine or just a bit more olive oil]
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves [I don't like cloves in food so I leave them out]
1 can (35 oz.) Italian plum tomatoes
3 to 4 cups canned broth (chicken or vegetable) [or dissolve bouillon cube in water]
1/3 cup dried lentils, green or brown
1/4 cup dry red wine [I use the inexpensive cooking wine]
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley [I leave it out if I don't have it]

1. Place oil and butter in a heavy pot over low heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are wilted, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cloves during the last 3 minutes.

2. Puree the tomatoes with their juices in a blender and add to the pot [I think this is an unnecessary step. Just use the pureed tomatoes to begin with. Or mush them up as you cook.] Add the broth and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.

3. Add the wine, season to taste with salt and pepper, then simmer gently for 20 minutes more. Stir in the parsley and serve.

Here's hoping the only thing our children fight about is who gets the last bowl of this soup.


Ezzie said...

I'm just going to note that I wore short sleeves most of the week. :)

Ezzie said...

(oh, and yum)

Hila said...
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Hila said...

I goofed on my last attempt at commenting.

Anyhooz, I am looking forward to trying this recipe out soon! Since it makes enough for more than one person, I'm hoping to get my roommates to eat it. It sounds like it's pretty tast, so it shouldn't be a problem. And then we're all happy--I get to cook, which I love--and they get to eat, which they love because it means they didn't have to cook ;-)

Diana said...

Ezzie likes to sit next to the air conditioner in the middle of January, and Fudge is from the Arctic Circle. I was wearing three shirts today and I was still cold.

HKtraveler said...

I know this is a soup recipe which soups delicious by the way. But next time you are on Main Street do you think you could take a few pictures for me especially Super Sol and a Pizza Place.
Sometimes I wish I could walk down the street and have everything at my fingertips. Prawns and pork just don't do it for me. Right now I am contemplating spending the afternoon (about a hour each way) Thursday on a trip to the Kosher Mart.

RaggedyMom said...

Ezzie - Watch out or I may just have Ann run out to the bus stop to give you a shawl.

Hila - Let me know if you try it. Recommending recipes always makes me a little nervous! It reheats well.

Diana - On second thought, I'll give you the shawl instead of Ezzie.

HK - At first I was a little freaked out, but then I figured out who you are. Maybe we'll try to FedEx some food! And congrats on 11 weeks and counting - great perseverance!

SaraK said...

This recipe sounds really yummy. I will have to try it. And I get cold just looking at Ezzie in his short sleeve shirts! It's not August!

orieyenta said...

Yum! Sounds like something we need to try. If Ezzie and Fudge are laughing at you because you say it's chilly there, they'd have a laugh attack at our expense. Our temperatures have been high 70's with low 60's and we are wearing our winter clothing - turtlenecks, thick cotton tights, etc. LO said her feet were frozen this morning.

RaggedyMom said...

Update - I'm definitely doubling this soup next time. Ann had three (kid-sized) bowls of it on Sunday night!