FFWD – Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup in a blue bowl with a dill seed pattern, on a white plate atop a wooden table

East End Food Co-op is where we do a lot of our grocery shopping and it’s long been a neighbourhood hub in our area. It’s hard to go in there without running into someone we know and some of the staff know us so well that they’ve memorized our member number. The co-op does a good job of stocking organic produce, along with products that cater to the various tastes and needs of their customers (for instance, they sell a very good gluten-free all purpose flour). When this soup came up in the rotation, I headed over to the co-op to pick up some more of their beautiful organic French green lentils. Though I have to go further afield for some ingredients (like next week’s rose syrup), I’ve always felt grateful that I have such good options a five-minute walk away.

This soup was well worth using those lentils. One expects earthy, savoury flavours in lentil soup, so the brightness brought by the fresh ginger and orange peel in this recipe surprised me. There have been a couple of recipes from the book that I thought had a little too much orange in them, but this one was perfectly balanced, I thought. I made this with olive oil and vegetable stock, so it made for a nice meatless meal.

Yogurt and lardons are suggested as toppings, or in Cher’s case, homemade labneh. I was so pleased with this soup’s flavour that I ate it just as it was. No toppings needed.

You can find a version of this recipe at Sis.Boom.[Blog!]

You can find many other blogged descriptions of this week’s FFWD recipe here: Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

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13 thoughts on “FFWD – Orange-Scented Lentil Soup

  1. This was such a delicious soup – and such a nice intro to lentils for me! I’ll have to save it for next winter though, I think, it’s just getting too warm for comforting soups like this. I love the bowl you put your soup in – so pretty!

  2. I felt just as you did, Teresa, this was a lovely soup. Liked the addition of ginger and oranges. Although I topped my first day’s lunch with Greek yogurt and pineapple bits, I ate it plain the rest of the week. Isn’t it fun to do business in places where they know you and are friendly and offer good service. Nice, huh?

  3. Teresa, I adore that pretty soup bowl of yours – a perfect bowl to serve this delicious lentil soup in…and I really like the fact that you have found such a wonderful place where you can buy high quality items for your cooking and baking. That always makes for a wonderful “shopping experience”. Glad that you liked the soup – I think you are the only one I saw that enjoyed this soup without any toppings and it does look lovely. Also like the fact that you prepared a “meatless version”.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. This was a lovely soup (that bowl is beautiful).
    I just discovered we had a co-op not too far from me and I just joined. I was thrilled to find a place that supports local agriculture, meat and dairy. We had local, free range chicken from there last week and it actually tasted like chicken.

    Thanks for the shout out 🙂

  5. This was a perfectly delicious soup! The second night I ate it with no toppings…it stands alone quite well! Your photo captures it’s lusciousness!
    I live in the country and have a few very good choices for groceries…all of them are at least 10 minuets away by car! I would love to be able to walk to the store!
    Have a great weekend, Teresa!

  6. I’m glad you were so enthusiastic about this soup. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite, but that’s OK. I LOVE your bowl. Have a great weekend!

  7. Your soup is just beautiful, Teresa, and you served it in such a pretty bowl. I hope to make this sometime during the week. Wish me luck as John detests lentils. 😉 You are so lucky that your co-op is so close – ours is clear downtown and not at all convenient, plus it has very little parking, so we hardly ever go.

  8. That bowl looks perfect- even the color of the soup looks happier in it (which is saying something….) We enjoyed it and the recipe inspired me to play around more with lentils. Esp now that I know where to find the du Puy ones locally. And let me assure you – they are not a 5 minute walk from here. Your co-op sounds fabulous. How wise of you to appreciate it and vice versa ~

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