It is another gray day, though no rain or snow so far. I can't seem to gather enough energy to get things done. Rather than check things off my long to-do list, I decided to cook a great big pot of Red Lentil and Root Vegetable Stew. As usual, I didn't refer to a recipe (though I love cookbooks as inspiration!)... rather I wandered around pulling richly colored root vegetables and let the garden write my ingredient list. These photos give you an idea of what went in my soup pot.
A little pan of flat stovetop bread topped with olive oil, garlic and thyme paired nicely with my soup. Though I was eating alone, I took the time to serve myself in the china I inherited from my maternal grandmother, and I garnished my bowl with a spring of thyme and a wedge of beet. Aren't the insides of these Chioggia beets beautiful? I craved this infusion of color on such a gray day.
Feeling satisfied, I sip my nettle tea and enjoy the quiet. The house smells warm and comfortable, as the earthy aromas of the stew mix with the scent of the wood fire.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you warmth and comfort.