I've mentioned before that we will be moving home at some point. This was one of the reasons I decided not plant much in my tiny garden plot, something of course I now regret seeing that we were still here for the Summer when we could have reaped some homegrown courgettes and dwarf beans. Instead we planted a load of potatoes which we are happily still tucking into. Other than the potatoes, salad leaves, a few berries here and there, we have a load of herbs growing.
One of the herbs that is doing fantastically is the sage. I've been cooking with it a lot recently. So yesterday alongside the Sage 'Frog' Biscuits.
Barley and Sage soup, this time a lighter one: Lentil and Sage Soup. It was a simple herby warming soup, but perfectly welcomed on a damp, dreery, drizzly and overcast Scottish afternoon. In place of crusty bread or croutons, I served this soup with these flaky herby biscuits.
No Croutons Required (NCR) which is being hosted by Lisa this month. NCR is a monthly vegetarian food blogging event, where readers are challenged to create either a soup or salad incorporating a specified ingredient. NCR is alternately hosted between the Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen. Septembers challenge is to use an ingredient from your own garden. I am also linking the sage 'frog' biscuits to Bake with Bizzy.
Lentil and Sage Soup
110g yellow split peas, sorted and rinsed
2 pints of vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic,minced
1 tablespoons sage, minced, plus extra for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring the peas and stock to the boil. Then simmer until the peas are completely soft, about 45 minutes to an hour.
In a wide pan, heat the oil and add the onions and garlic until soft, stir in the sage, salt and pepper to taste and cook for few minutes for the sage to infuse the soft onions. Turn of heat.
When the lentils are stir in the sagey onions and simmer for 15 minutes, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary before serving in bowls. Garnish wish optional sage leaves, if you wish.