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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Lentil & Carrot Soup with Seitan

Fall was in the air a couple days ago, and so soup was in order. The plan was set when I saw a 3-pack of cannonballs at the store - I thought of Leslie's bread bowls and wanted to try. It was fun making up this recipe, and it was so delicious that it's worth noting -- goes like this:

2 C. Red Lentils
6 C. Water
8 Carrots, cut in circles
1 Yellow Onion, super-finely chopped
1/2 Garlic, finely chopped (Asian Tempest)
1 Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
2 Tsp. Blackstrap Molasses
2 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/4 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

Bring it all to a boil on med/high. Cover & reduce the heat to low. I let the soup simmer on the stove most of the day, making the house smell so good!

I carved out the cannonballs, saving the bread for dipping. Then, I topped it off with some seitan I had in the freezer -- the soy vay marinated, which we prefer.

And look, I "discovered" a new variety of garlic! This is Asian Tempest. The skin is more redish, and the cloves are BIG - one half of the entire garlic is only 3 cloves. The best part is that the skins come off effortlessly. It has a wonderfully strong flavor. I prefer this over the "regular" garlic, and the farmer's market vendor sold it for $1 per/globe. There were other kinds of garlic that I'll be checking into next Saturday.

Anybody else rock the Asian Tempest Garlic?


Blogger kleo2 said...

That garlic!!! Oy, that is so gorgeous! I wish i had some of that. One of Peter's gifts from my parents was a garlic baker, and i can't imagine a better thing to put inthere than one of these beauties you show here, Vicki!!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vicky!
I love the sound of that soup! your house must have smelled gerat all day long! The bread bowls make it fun too!

I love the idea of this garlic you found! I like the size of elephant garlic, but never liked the bland taste. This Asian Tempest garlic sounds perfect! Easy to peel AND a strong taste! YUM! I will have to look for some this weekend at our farmers' market! Thanks for the tip and the recipe!


12:58 AM  
Anonymous ferocious killer kat said...

lentils!! yummm!! seitan!!! praise seitan!! double yummm!!

Ok this recipe I'm absolutely making.. and posting pics for.. :-D

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

I've never seen that variety of garlic before. You always find the neatest produce. I'm jealous :) The soup looks absolutely divine. Even more appealing because it's in an edible bowl!!!!

6:49 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

What a lovely sounding and easy soup recipe, thanks for sharing! I've never seen that variety of garlic either, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled at the markets.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a bread bowl! that's great. looks awesome. cherie

10:21 AM  
Anonymous eatpeaceplease said...

I think this may be the only garlic I get. It is more purple-ish/red and you talk about those skins, and mine are also easy to peel. And huge!

Your soup and bread bowl looks just as great as I imagine it tastes. Thanks for adding the recipe, I'd like to try it (minus seitan) sometime. We have fall "in the air" here too, but it's still in the 100s. Way to go with the breadbowls, it's super-fun and all edible!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Yay, soup! I had my first soup of the season this week.

3:11 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

that garlic looks wonderful. I think i should try to find them.

thanks for the new produce!!


7:31 PM  
Anonymous Dreena said...

Alrighty, you will now have me on the hunt for that garlic, Vicki!! Looks awesome and I love that the skins remove easier - must find it! :)

Oh, btw, just wanted to mention that I didn't get an 'invite' notice from Blogger to do the Beta upgrade. I was hearing so much about it that I just clicked on the Blogger icon in top left of screen, and then when you are logged into your page, go to the blue box about mid-screen on the right. Says something like 'Blogger Beta Learn More'. Click through there - maybe that will work for you too. Longwinded bit from me here, but that's usually the case for me!!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum, your soup sounds delicious! I've never even thought about trying different varieties of garlic... Good idea.

--laura jesser

8:07 PM  
Blogger vegchic2(Jody) said...

I've given up on figuring out the reply thing on blogger beta vs regular...I am vegchic2 for commenting!

The bread bowl with the sup/seitan looks wonderful Vicki! The soup is such an interesting mix of spices. I have hoisin sauce, but only use it when a recipe calls for it. Unfortunately, I haven't been brave enough to experiment.

That garlic looks really neat. I've not seen anything like that around here.

8:58 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I'm going to Big Bear from saturday till tuesday

Nice down time YAY

9:00 PM  
Blogger vegchic2(Jody) said...

BTW - Vicki, I didn't get an invite to beta. When you go to log in at you can choose to sign into beta. If you do that, the conversion takes place.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous primaryconsumer said...

Wow, your bread bowl is so adorable! Hmm, I need that garlic. Now.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your soup looks great! I love the bread bowl...

and that garlic rocks! I love it. I wish I could get it all year round.


9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your soup looks great! I love the bread bowl...

and that garlic rocks! I love it. I wish I could get it all year round.


9:33 AM  
Anonymous tara said...

Wow, that soup sounds incredible. I'm going to have to try it.

What are cannonballs?

And GARLIC! I'm a garlic fiend. I'll need to check out my ethnic foods store for that stuff. :)

10:56 AM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - CafĂ© Cyan said...

We've been lucky enough to try out a few varieties of garlic though our crop share. My favorite has been one similar to the Asian had a smoother flavor.

Your soup looks yummy and I'm sure the bread bowls rocked! I need to do that sometime this fall.


1:44 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan's Evil Twin said...

Amazing photos and food, as always, Vicki.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous madeinalaska said...

wow.. simple and delicious!! bravo!
love the bread bowl idea.. i bet your kids loved it huh?

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shop in Asian grocery stores all the time and I've never seen that garlic. I'm going to have to look hard...I'm sure it's there and I'm just missing it.

Megan the Vegan

5:39 PM  
Blogger Not So Vivacious Vegan said...

I've never heard of this Asian Tempest garlic but I'll definitely have to look for it. I hate peeling garlic. I've kind of been on a garlic hiatus for a while now because I was eating soooo much of it, I scared away my hubby. Who wants to do that?

I'm slowly adding it back in. It's hard to stay away from garlic.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

kleo: a garlic baker sounds like fun! have you used it yet?

ferocious killer kat: awesome, i'll be over to see.

shananigans: "...keep my eyes peeled at the markets." great pun!!!

dreena: thanks for the beta tip - i totally appreciate it. i did all of that, and still no go. i don't know what to say.

teddy: big bear sounds like fun! i love it up there -- hug a pine tree for me.

jody: i've tried the logging in, and there is no beta option for me. i'm getting frustrated....

melody: what times of the year can you get asian tempest?

tara: cannonballs are smaller, round, loaves of bread.

crystal: what's the name of the garlic you like?

thanks for your comments everybody!

9:30 PM  
Blogger bakehouse dori said...

bread bowls... yummy! I love panera's sourdough bread bowl.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Village Mama said...

Thanks for inspiring me to start making soup again. I needed to get through a bunch of wilting, but beautiful organic produce so I made a similiar red lentil soup, which we dubbed Sebi's Soup, because it's one of the only things my almost 2 year old loves! And yes, I love the Asian Tempest, thanks for educating me: had no idea that's what it was called ; )

2:43 PM  

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