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Some readers might have noticed that recently I have added new blog category entitled ‘recipes’. Food is very important to me and on my travels I am always eager for new food experiences and I thought that I whould share any exceptional recipes that I come across. I have been lucky enough to have met and stayed with people who also enjoy food and so the recipe collection is growing.

While I am camping and carrying all my food on my bicycle what I eat is obviously more limited than when I am in towns but I still like to eat well. I intend to document both styles of eating.

Since leaving Whitehorse, where Jane shared some of her home-made trail food, with me I have been thinking of other travel food options, such as home baked granola bars, which I will experiment with when I have the opportunity to.

One of my favourite camp dinners is a variation on a spicy tomato lentil soup that I often cook at home. The original recipe came from one of my favourite food blogs – delicious days. All that is really lacking from the original recipe is the roasted mustard seeds which are stirred in just before serving and a dollop of yoghurt and fresh coriander to sprinkle on top. At home, I generally use fresh tomatoes (blanched and skinned) rather than the tinned tomatoes suggested in the original recipe but when camping I substitute with sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste.

This is not the quickest of camp meals as the lentils need to simmer for about 15 minutes but it is very warming and nutritious.  The sun-dried tomatoes are not essential but they add a bit more oomph.

SPICY TOMATO LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients:

  • red lentils
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • garam masala
  • cumin
  • hot chilli
  • garlic
  • oil
  • bay leaf

Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in some hot water for as long as possible. Fry the garlic and spices in oil. Add the red lentils and stir for a minute or so. Add water to cover. Add a couple of bay leaves and the soaked tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer until the lentils are soft. Yum.

Spicy tomato lentil soup for dinner.

Spicy tomato lentil soup for dinner.

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  1. harold | August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    looks good i will try this. nice idea for the recipe category.

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