Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

Daylight Savings Time.  We all know we set our clocks ahead one hour this past weekend.  It has been a rough transition for my family.  I have been having trouble falling asleep, my daughter has been having trouble staying asleep, and we all have yet to wake up on time this week.

Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

One major positive to switching to Daylight Savings Time is I now have natural light at dinner time.  Which means I have natural light for taking pictures of my dinner!  I felt so uninspired during the long, dark winter that I hardly felt like taking any photos for French Fridays with Dorie, and would even postpone making something because of not wanting to take the pictures.  Now I can find my inspiration again!

For this week’s recipe I did indeed take advantage of that natural light.  We made Orange-Scented Lentil Soup.  It is a basic lentil soup flavored with a strip of orange peel, peppercorns, coriander seeds, a clove, and fresh ginger.  After the lentils are tender, everything (including the orange peel!) is pureed.  Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt.

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This was OK, but we didn’t love it.  The orange peel gave the soup a slightly bitter  taste.  It’s possible the piece I used was bigger than what the recipe recommended, but next time I would remove the peel before pureeing the soup.  I liked the ginger and other seasonings.  The yogurt provided a nice contrast to the flavors.

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8 responses to “Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

  1. My sleep is still messed up, but I love having that extra light at the end of the day!

  2. Natural light didn’t help this soup. What a photographic nightmare. You did a good job considering the color you had to work with.

  3. It’s so true! My photos suffer during the winter too. Europe hasn’t had daylight savings time yet, I think it’s still another two weeks off, but I’m also looking forward to more natural light for my pictures.

  4. I feel the same way about taking photos in the winter. But I find taking a photo of anything brown hard…natural light or not!! Your soup looks lovely…sorry it wasn’t a big hit!

  5. Lovely pictures. We are still getting use to the time change.

  6. I hate the first week of Daylight savings time. I can’t believe how long it takes to adjust to one hour change. This soup didn’t wow me either. There are so many other lentil soup recipes to try.

  7. What an elegant serving! So sorry you didn’t love this one. I still have yet to make it and I am glad that you are feeling inspired by the daylight savings. I think I have finally adjusted to the time difference. Hope you are sleeping better.

  8. triciaandnana

    I actually signed Nana and I up to take a 9 am Sunday pasta class at Sur La Table locally……the day of daylight savings. We went but only because my husband got me up :) We were effectively eating pasta at what should have been 8 am :) So evening sun is much appreciated, as you say. We enjoyed this soup and I would absolutely not have done the orange were it not for Dorie’s recipe. Smelled lovely and a nice change- but always an adventure.

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