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Dinner’s On the Stove

September 15, 2010

Hey guys! We made it through Tuesday!  Tuesdays are always my longest day of the week, so I feel a wave of relief every time I make it through another one.

This morning, before I headed up to school, I cooked up a pot of lentil soup for our dinner.  Making dinner on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school makes the morning busy, but it’s SO nice to come home to a delicious dinner!

This lentil soup was a hit.  The fennel and red pepper gave it a sweet, almost Italian flavoring.  Delicious!

Vegetarian Lentil Soup


1 tsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 links soy sausage (I used Tofurkey kielbasa)

1 cup lentils

4 cups veggie broth

1 can diced Italian tomatoes

1/2 tbsp. fennel seed

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil

generous salt and pepper for seasoning


In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat olive oil.  Add onion and garlic and cook for 10-15 minutes, until softening and beginning to brown.  Add carrots, bell pepper, and sausage and cook for another 10 minutes.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, and spices and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and cook for 30-45 minutes, until lentils are completely cooked. 

The soup sat on the stove all day while we were at school, which helped the flavors to meld even more.  It was really delicious!


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Almost perfect…but something was missing:

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Ahhh, much better! Dr. Kracker, you always make a soup complete!

This really was the perfect meal for a slightly chilly fall night!

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Sooooooo, my first photography class.  Well…my instructor is a 75 year-old Russian man.  Seriously.  With a very, very strong Russian accent.  You know that episode of Saved by the Bell, where Zack has to dress up as a Russian chess player to convince Screech that he hasn’t lost his chess mojo after his special red beret is stolen by the reporter who ends up being a girl from Valley?

Yeah, he sounds like that.

The class, all in all, was decent.  We talked about aperture and f-stops, shutter speed and ISO.  It was just a little difficult to understand, what with Rafaelo(yeah, that’s right)’s thick accent. Still, I think I’ll actually end up getting a lot out of the class, if only because it’s going to force me to finally sit down and read my manual.

Plus, Rafaelo started the class by talking about his first photography class that he took as a scout in the Soviet Union.  So, it’s kind of like taking a history class at the same time. 

I hope you’ve had a great Tuesday! See you tomorrow!  

19 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 2:42 am

    Rafaelo sounds like a character! So jealous that you’re taking a photography class.

  2. September 15, 2010 3:03 am

    I forget if I mentioned it, but I’ll say it again if I did:

    You always have the most gorgeous place settings!

    Haha, I totally forgot about that episode of SBTB until you mentioned it! Oh, the good ole days 😉

  3. September 15, 2010 3:13 am

    That looks like such a delicious soup! I love the addition of fennel. 🙂

  4. highonhealthy permalink
    September 15, 2010 3:41 am

    Lol! Rafaelo sounds.. interesting. At least he’ll prevent the class from being boring.. 😉

    That lentil soup looks amazing. So chunky! I love chunky soups. 🙂

  5. September 15, 2010 3:53 am

    What a great soup you made, looks great and I love Dr. Krakers with dishes.

  6. September 15, 2010 4:26 am

    I think I need to develop a taste for peppers.
    I don’t really like them.
    Not cooked, not raw, not with a fox or on a box.
    I do not like green (or red) peppers, sam I am.

    But seriously.
    People always talk about how delicious they are so something must be wrong with my mouth!

  7. greensandjeans permalink
    September 15, 2010 4:32 am

    I both hate and love the fact that I know exactly what Saved by the Bell episode you are talking about

  8. September 15, 2010 5:09 am

    Haha! I’m Russian, so I know what that’s like. My people talk with a thick accent- put z’s in everything and don’t make excuses 🙂 If you ever need some transcription, let me know!

  9. September 15, 2010 7:18 am

    oh ive had prof’s with super thick accents before, i sadly pay more attn to their accent than the subject matter LOL

    the soup/make ahead/sits all day and flavors meld…oh yeah, that’s what im talking about!!!!


  10. September 15, 2010 12:00 pm

    HAHA, he sounds like such a fun professor!! I’ve found that the foreign ones always tend to have a few tricks up their sleeve 🙂

    That soup looks great! So thick and delicious…nothing like the stuff from a can!

  11. September 15, 2010 12:36 pm

    i think the class sounds like it’s going to be awesome! i loved all of my foreign teachers…i’d be willing to put money on him saying something hilarious every class 🙂

  12. September 15, 2010 1:13 pm

    Mmm… lentil soup. I will have to “borrow” this one also! Good luck getting with the Russian prof. You might miss a few things here and there, but I bet you’ll get some good stories out of the deal!

  13. September 15, 2010 2:52 pm

    i love the idea of fennel in lentil soup! and being able to eat a good meal RIGHT when you get home.

    glad you’re learning at the photography class… though I dont think you need it–all your photos are so fabulous anyways!

  14. September 15, 2010 2:58 pm

    I am all about making life easier when it comes to meal preparation. We LOVE lentils here especially in soups. Yours looks delicious!

    At least the class is entertaining and informative! Have a great day Anna!

  15. Emo permalink
    September 15, 2010 3:28 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I googled “newlywed newly veg” (because I’m lazy away from home) and the first result was an image: a kitten and a puppy peeking out between sunflowers. Am I missing something on the blog?

  16. vegan permalink
    September 15, 2010 3:51 pm

    That sounds like a healthy recipe with the lentils, tofu, and veggies. I like to add fennel as well, but add I usually saute those in a little oil first before adding it to my veggies and soups … has a real good flavor.

    A great resource for vegetarian and vegan recipes that might be useful to you is

  17. September 15, 2010 4:13 pm

    The soup looks wonderful! I’m terrible with thick accents, I actually had to change doctors because one’s accent was adding to our communication challenges too much. Anyway, glad the class went well. I need to take a photography class! 🙂

  18. September 15, 2010 5:57 pm

    Girl that soup looks delish! The Tofurkey kielbasa are my faves. Yum. I want to take a photography class but am also intimidated by the technicalities. I just want to take pretty pictures 😉

  19. September 16, 2010 1:13 am

    I hope you like your class. I took one like 6 months ago and it really helped me understand my camera. Although, I could understand my instructor!

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