As my wife is stressing me out to present our menu for the coming 8 weeks, I hope we can trade some recipes and expand our family fare.
The following is a twice a week (or more) Lenten staple in the Aristokles household (which features Demetri as resident chef):
Demetri's Lenten Lentil 'Soup' Supreme
In ample soup pot combine:
1 lb.- lentils (washed and culled)
1 gal.- distilled Water (tapped is fine if it's OK with you)
2 large carrots - quartered length-wise and then sliced
1 large onion - medium diced
2 stalks celery - halved length-wise, then sliced (optional)
1 cup - sliced frozen green beans (optional, but good)
2 cloves garlic - finely minced, not crushed
1 tbsp - leaf oregano (hey, I'm a Greek!)
3/4 Cup - rice (completes protein in lentils for human assimulation)
1 tsp - grd black pepper
2 ea - Bay leaves (remove before serving)
1/2 Whole Lemon* (unsqueezed)
Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer a couple of hours, covered, adding water as necessary or desired to maintain desired consistency.
If allowed on given fast day:
1/4 cup favorite wine
"Some" Olive oil (yum)
Salt after cooking if desired.
* Lemon: courtesy Matushka Anne Lardas- it's the secret that makes this work! (Imagine me, a Greek, not knowing about a lemon in a recipe.)
Others to follow if someone will trade