I was first introduced to this frickin delicious, simple meal when I was living in Melbourne in 2012. You know when you move into a new house and the neighbors come over to introduce themselves and offer you homebaked cookies? Yeah, well, my neighbors were an awesome Greek family, so here’s what they brought over instead. I don’t know the exact recipe, but here’s as close as I could get it.
You will need:
-About five tomatoes (homegrown/ organic are best.)
-Some bay leaves
-One large onion
-A couple of cloves of garlic
-Two big scoops of dried lentils. Use whatever type you like.
-3 tablespoons of olive oil
Okay step one: wash tomatoes and chuck into a pot with a couple of bay leaves. Drown them in water and leave them to boil until their skins split and they’re all squishy.
While you’re waiting for that to boil, chop up your onion and garlic into thin slices. Chuck them in the same pot.
Add your lentils.
For mine I’ve used a handful of red and a handful of brown. ‘Coz I’m creative like that.
Add heaps of salt. Like three tablepoons. And a bit of pepper. And your olive oil. Let that soak up all the flavors and goodness over a medium heat for an hour. Stir occasionally. Don’t forget the stove is on and go leaving the house or anything stupid.
Once the lentils are well cooked and your kitchen is smelling like a five star restaurant rather than the usual stink of unwashed tea towels and dirty dishes, your soup is ready to serve. Add a few olives and some yummy homebaked bread.