Starting from scratch in a new place without furniture and the first use of my new used kitchenware that I acquired through a local online buyers and sellers market http://offerup.com I was able to obtain these minimal pots and pans in reasonably good condition – for $20 bucks – to cook my first meal. What a deal!
Here are the pics of the ingredients I used to create the red lentil soup with vegetables and spices
And here is the audio podcast itself (which unfortunately takes you away from the pictures, which follow the same storyline). I did this on the fly without scripting it. The peppers which I hadn’t known the name of are habanero (that look like mini orange tomatoes) and I also used the dark green Jalapeño peppers.
In a separate pan, I started to sauté onions on low heat, adding the spices, and then gradually each of the additional ingredients to that.
What I had not mentioned in the audio is that I learned from one of my hosts in Montpellier, France this last year about the benefits of combining beans and grains. This article http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/120914p36.shtml explains why historically, beans and grains have been combined. Various cultures already recognized the essential benefits of doing so. By combining these foods, one can source all of the necessary amino acids to derive all of the nutritional benefits of the two together. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-combining-beans-grains-2574.html
This article lists the eight essential amino acids. https://www.livestrong.com/article/351077-the-protein-in-rice-beans/ mentioning that “Beans and other legumes — also known as pulses — are nutritional complements to rice and help to complete its amino acid profile. It is not necessary to combine complementary proteins at the same meal. Just be sure to eat a variety of proteins sources throughout the day.”
Here’s the link to the podcast for Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup.
The few pictures at the end with the crushed chili peppers in the pan and the semi-sweet baking chocolate, is turning out to be my almost nightly desert. I play around with different concoctions of chili, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, all tossed in with the chocolate, which I heat in that little pan (double boiler style) by letting it slowly heat up by resting on the surface of hot water. I recently saw the movie ‘Chocolat’ again, which I’m sure is what instigated me to experiment with creating my own chili, spices and chocolate combinations. It tastes great and is good for you (dark chocolate is better – and adding spices is best !-)