Fakès / Lentil Soup …
a world of good in a bowl !
Lentils have been feeding the Mediterranean for around 13,000 years and they are often mentioned in ancient greek and biblical stories and wisdom tales that show what a precious commodity they are .
One of my favourites is the one of Greek philosopher Diogenes, who is said to have lived in a barrel, and is well known for his absolute love of freedom and nature.
One day while he was eating a frugal dish of lentils, he was challenged by the philosopher Aristippus, who, for his part, led a golden life as he was one of the king’s courtiers.
Aristippus scornfully told him, –
-“See, if you learned to crawl before the king, you wouldn’t have to settle for rubbish like this vulgar dish of lentils!”
Diogenes glanced at the lightning bolt and replied:
“If you’d learned to make do with lentils, you wouldn’t have to crawl before the king!”
Simply cooked, boil lentils in a pan with chunks of onion, carrot, garlic , bay leaves and a bit of cumin and pepper , until nice and soft . Then add salt , a tbsp of tomato paste and good quality olive oil and cook a bit more until everything binds together . Served with a splash of balsamic vinegar and anything pickled goes very well . 😊