Red Lentil Soup

Mar 10th

A couple weeks ago I took the daughter to the park. As we were leaving I felt a sharp pain in my foot. I looked down expecting to find one of those little brown spiky spur things. Because apparently I forgot we live in Miami now. 🙂 Here there is grass. And flowers. And bees.

There was a bee wedged under my toe. A bee which had just stung me. I was so surprised that I just grabbed the bee and pulled it away. And then proceeded to curse under my breath from the pain. I was still cursing 6 hours later. I was still in pain, but yet at the same time, my foot was numb. It was the weirdest sensation.

It also made me slightly paranoid. I have always been a little afraid of bee stings, having watched My Girl numerous times. Poor Macaulay Culkin. So I started googling symptoms of bee stings and allergic reactions. After reading a few links I decided that I wasn’t allergic. But I still really hurt. So I texted my friend who is a bee keeper, to see if she had any recommendations on what I should do. She did, I dosed up, went to sleep, and most importantly, woke up in the morning.

The next day at school pick up I was telling a couple friends about the experience. When I got to the end, where I mentioned getting in touch with my friend who is a bee keeper, they stopped me. With laughter. They couldn’t believe I had a friend who was a bee keeper. Then they agreed that it made sense that if anyone would have a friend who is a bee keeper, it would be me. Because apparently no matter what your needs are, I have a friend who can meet that need.

I don’t think this is true, but how cool would it be if it was? To that end, I am looking for friends who are ninjas, embalmers, sherpas and fit models. I do not need a private yacht captain, because I just found out the husband of one of the moms at school is a private yacht captain. For the Bacardi family. As in Barcardi Rum. I’m going to start campaigning for a school fundraiser on one of their numerous yachts. 🙂

This story has nothing to do with the recipe I am sharing today. If I had thought it through I would have made something with honey. Cause bees. 🙂 Instead I have a recipe for Red Lentil Soup. Because I have made it twice this week and wish I had more lentils so I could make it a third time. It is that delicious. Averi loved it too. And, bonus, totally healthy. It is just carrots, lentils and a ton of seasoning. Double bonus, totally easy to make. Cause as mentioned, its just carrots, lentils and a ton of seasoning.

The seasonings are what make it awesome. Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, cumin. And a few others. So very flavorful. The consistency is great too. The lentils absorb so much of the liquid that it really doesn’t have a true soup broth. But I don’t know how to describe it without using unappetizing words like mush and thick. 🙂


While you enjoy the soup, think of interesting people you can introduce me too, please. And Hillary, thanks for being my friend. And a bee keeper. 🙂

Red Lentil Soup


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into small pieces
  • 29 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/3 cups red lentils


  1. Heal oil over medium high heat in large saucepan.
  2. Add carrots and sauce until tender.
  3. Add vegetable broth, all seasonings and lentils.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, simmer, covered until lentils are tender, 25 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin