Vibrant, stormy sky,
Furious outburst clears the air,
Now breathe, smile, move on.
Vibrant, stormy sky,
Furious outburst clears the air,
Now breathe, smile, move on.
I haven’t eaten much meat for over thirty years, for no environmental, health, religious or ethical reason, I just don’t like it much.
That means I eat a lot of fruit, nuts, vegetables and pulses. In fact, the lentils in the picture above are one of my favourite foods, and they’re really easy to make.
There are small and tiny brown lentils. I prefer the small ones, but you can use either.
There are plenty of recipes for lentil soup or stew, this is how I make it.
Rinse the lentils in a colander, you’ll need half a cup per person, be generous, you can eat the leftovers a day or two later.
Add three times the amount of water to a large pan. So, if you are cooking for two and use 1 whole cup of lentils, you need to add three cups of water. You can add more later on if it gets too thick.
Now add the vegetables, chopped into small pieces. For 2 people I’d include two carrots, half an onion, a clove of garlic, half a red and green pepper and some spinach.
There are four magical ingredients I add for flavour, a Spanish spicy sausage, called chorizo, a bay leaf, two spoonfuls of olive oil, and a stock cube (meat is best, but you can use a vegetable one, too).
If you don’t like or can’t get hold of the sausage, you can use come curry powder, or paprika, for flavour instead.
Now comes the easiest part, simmer for about 40 minutes, stiring occasionally.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use the pressure cooker. It’ll probably take less than 10 minutes.
However, you should know that lentils are best cooked slowly, and they’re delicious when reheated, so if you cook the day before, or even in the morning, they taste much better.
Another important part of the meal is the wine, I prefer a Spanish white, Rueda, but most people would accompany this meal with red wine, such as Rioja.
Did you know that in Italy lentils are said to bring prosperity for the year ahead when eaten on New Year’s Day?
Do you like or cook lentils? Feel free to share your tips or recipe if you do!
Who Misses Shady Trees in November?
Passers by sit and chat or rest
On those empty benches,
Under the shade of sturdy trees.
Today they’re walking on puddles
Under a cloudy sky,
Or sitting indoors, by the fire,
For the sun to shine for a while,
as it might tomorrow,
No one misses the shady trees,
Check out Six Word Saturday here
Check out Stream of Consciousness Saturday here. Today’s prompt is ‘shade’.
Ice cold mountain stoops,
Peering down at autumn leaves,
For spring to dress them once more
With flowers and leaves galore.
As I already told you, I’m terrible at following rules, so not only have I written a tanka, now I’m going to tell you all about the picture!
I was here, for a freezing week, a few days ago. It’s a cold, but beautiful part of the north of Spain, where my mother and her family originally came from. There is a skiing resort nearby (see photo below), but I just visit for the scenery!
Chris Rea was inspired by a different beach, Ibiza, but I’m always reminded of his song when I visit a beautiful beach.
Enjoy your Sunday!
My mother was born here and I used to visit my relatives during the summer holidays, when I was a child.
I still come back every year, or so. There are some new buildings, and some refurbished older buildings, but everything that was there during my mother’s childhood is still standing, and looks (almost) exactly the same.
It feels safe, but eerie, as if time had stopped, only it hasn’t. I have to check in the mirror to make sure I’m no longer a little girl.
You can also rent an apartment in this refurbished country house very near the palace. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the very modern, glass door, below.
Thursday Doors is a weekly feature on Norm 2.0’s blog, allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon and linking up on Norm’s blog here.
This Tanka is for Colleen Chesebro’s challenge. This week’s challenge is to include #Synonymsonly of Honour and Grow.
You can find this stone statue of a pre-Roman, Iberian warrior, at the end of the Sardinero Beach in Santander, Spain, standing by the Hotel Chiqui, where I recently stayed with my mother, who was born in Cantabria.
The monument is right behind my head in this picture!
Would you like to take part? The rules are simple.
Use synonyms of Colleen’s two-word prompt, this week, joy and fury, write blog post using one of the following poetic forms: haiku, tanka, Haibun, cinquaine or senryu.
Add a picture if you like. Pingback to Colleen’s blog post.
Fontibre is a small neighbourhood, 3 kilometers from the town of Reinosa, in the province of Cantabria in the north of Spain. My mother lives a few kilometers away, and although its far away from where I live, I visit regularly.
I was there recently and took these photos.
It is famous because the source of the river Ebro, the second longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, has its source, right here, in Fontibre.
In fact, this name derives from the Latin words ‘Fontes’ and ‘Iberis’, meaning source of the Ebro.
The Ancient Cantabri, who were considered to be savage and untamable mountaineers, were one of the largest independent tribes of Hispania, to succumb to Roman rule. They were finally conquered by the Romans during the Cantabrian Wars (29-19 BC), under the reign of Augustus. More information with maps here
It’s a stunning place for a quiet walk, and there’s a cozy rural hotel called La Posada de Fontibre and a lovely restaurant for a delicious meal called Restaurante Fuentebro, where we love to stop for lunch after a long country walk.
I’ve just discovered via Twitter, that there’s a Blog called Create With Joy which hosts, among other events, #WordlessWednesday. There’s a badge and a linky at the end of Joy’s the post and there’s a Facebook and Twitter connection, too. So, I’ll be joining in. The only rule seems to be ‘sharing family-friendly photos’. Sounds fun and easy. Most entries have some text, too, but I’ll be keeping it to the minimum.
This week, I’ve been looking over my holiday photos, and I was thinking how the basic, simple things in life bring us the greatest pleasure. Water. Looking at pure, clean, fresh water has a calming effect.
These pictures were taken standing at the edge of one of the largest dams in Spain ‘El Pantano del Ebro’ in Cantabria. There’s a little beach ‘Playa de Arija‘, where people can swim, too, and there’s a camping site. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in the north of Spain.
I’m joining both this week. Lind’s 1-liner is C is for Coffee.
I love Jim Carey. He’s funny, he’s intelligent, he’s caring and I love the things he says in his inspirational talks.
I love this quote, which has some relation to coffee 🙂 but it’s really about not taking anything or anyone for granted and remembering there’s a time limit to everything.
While I’m working, one of the best moments in my mornings is my coffee break, when I chat to my colleagues and sometimes my students (I teach adults, so we often have a coffee and a chat during the break). The reason’s not because I don’t like my job (I love it), but because I love speaking and listening to people informally.
I enjoy those brief moments (20-30 minute break) of relaxed and real conversation, which inspire me as a writer. No wonder those 18th century coffee shops contributed to the Enlightenment and the rise of the novel…
Anyone else for coffee?
Birth: The source of the Spanish River Ebro, the second longest river in the Iberian peninsula, in Fontibre (in Spanish the source of a river is called its birth: nacimiento).
One Liner Wednesday. This week’s theme: ‘It was the Beginning of the end’
“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.”
So wise. I’ll never tire of rereading Charles Dickens…
Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday. Remember, carpe diem; it’s all we have!
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