Wednesday 28 November 2012

Food, Music, Food, Music, Food, Music (Ad Infinitum)

As autumn changes into winter and temperatures drop even more, I find myself craving the warmth of a good old broth. And as promised a few weeks ago to my veggie readers and fellow bloggers, this time “Food, Music, Food, Music, Food, Music… Ad Infinitum” will feature a vegetarian recipe.

Lentils and vegetable soup


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup red lentils
1 cup tomatoes, diced (fresh or canned, include juice)
1 large onion, finely diced
3 medium size carrots, finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 cup zucchini, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 green onions, sliced
Fresh lime juice (1 lime)
Sea salt and pepper, to taste


Cook onion in extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat in a big soup pot - stir occasionally. After cooking onion for about 2-3 minutes, add carrots, celery, and zucchini. Add 1.5 teaspoons sea salt, turmeric, and cumin - cook for another 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add lentils, tomatoes (plus tomato juices, if any), and 5.5 cups water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and allow everything to simmer with the lid partially on - about 20 to 25 minutes, or until lentils have softened.. Add lime juice, stir. Add sea salt and pepper, to taste - you may not need to add any more salt, so be sure to taste first.  Just before serving, add sliced green onions to hot lentil soup - about a tablespoon of green onions per bowl. This red lentil and vegetable soup is delicious on its own, or with some whole grain bread or a bowl of rice.

The music I’ve chosen to go with this recipe befits the season: a rainbow of red, orange and yellow leaves lying on the ground and bare trees, finally beaten to submission by the harsh weather. The first salvo comes from one my favourite musicians ever, Aziza Mustafah Zadeh, and her own take on a jazz classic. I have just bought her 1997 album, Jazziza, and this is one of many gems in it. Enjoy.

When I saw Poliça on Jools Holland recently I knew immediately that I had to blog about them. There’s a serious groove in their sound. Love them. And the clip is very well made, too. Just like a red lentils and vegetable soup.

I’ve left Valerie June for the end because her voice reminds me of that last bit of soup you scrape off the bowl with whatever bread you have left. It’s the final touch to a fine, heart-warming meal. One that I hope you have enjoyed tonight. Because food and music should always go hand in hand together. Thanks.

© 2012

Next Post: “Sunday Mornings: Coffee, Reflections and Music” to be published on Sunday 2nd December at 10am (GMT)


  1. Is a nice recipe I love lentils every time, like stew and like salads!

  2. Warming!

    All the best from Boston

  3. oh wow dude...great blend of music...really enjoyed polica...and will have to try your recipe out...

  4. May I know why is it ground turmeric, not the powder form? Form what I know, turmeric powder is what's mostly used in cooking.

  5. I might try this. I was making lentil soup only the other day - but the simple version:

    Briefly fry onion, chopped up potato and onion in olive oil. Chuck in 8oz red lentils and add herbs. Pour in 2 pints of water with a large teaspoon of marmite. Simmer for half an hour.

  6. The second onion should have read carrot.

  7. Hi, Dominic, I've tried that one, too! In fact, my wife makes it every now and then. What I like about this one is that the tinned tomatoes make the soup thicker.

    iamcrystal, I honestly use both. Can't really tell them apart. They both taste the same to me! :-) I usually use whatever I have at hand.

    Greetings from London.

  8. Oh yum. I really don't lentil enough, so thanks!

  9. Yummo. And I do lentil. Chick peas would be nice in it too. Thank you.

  10. Funny you should post on this... I've just gone back to the occasional soup or broth myself. I must say yours is very mouthwatering. Thanks for.

  11. Well do tell...what's the new book?!! Love the second clip...cant get the last :(
    Love the recipe...can't wait to try it out ~ looks lovely!

  12. i can't watch the vids unfortunately but i LOVE lentils...often cook butter turka dal - an indian lentil dish...delicious...have to try your recipe...nice

  13. Sure looks like quite the dish and such music, all but a singing fish haha

  14. That soup looks so good!s

  15. Snow here - so a warming soup sounds delicious!

  16. Every bite delicious! I find myself craving dishes like these too at this time of year. This week I made a butternut squash soup (lactose free) and a barley/mung bean soup.

  17. I truly cannot wait to try this recipe!
    I am off to the kitchen right now.
    Thank you so much for this :)

  18. Many thanks for your kind comments.

    Greetings from London.

  19. Oooooo Wow! this Aziza - never heard of her. When i saw Take Five I said No, it will never play... She smacked it down! Thaks for this and yeah, Brian is something else...sees things in ways that just set you back on your heels.



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