So, my washing is drying on the line instead of on the heated airer. The cub is having a nap upstairs - a very odd nap, as he decided he didn't want his normal morning one and seems to have amalgamated it into his afternoon nap by bringing it forward 2 hours. Oh well, peace and quiet for Mummy and any sleep is better than no sleep at the moment, even if it is at a funny time!
I'm making the most of my time by setting some soup to cook whilst I'm
Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tin tomatoes (Tesco Everyday type is fine. No need for fancy ones!)
1 smallish cup of dried red split lentils
1/2 pint hot stock (chicken or vegetable)
1 or 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
dried red chilli flakes to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Soften onion and garlic in a couple of tbsp of sunflower oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the lentils are really soft and pulpy. I choose to blend it with a hand blender at this point, but the Viking quite likes it as it is and the Cub has expressed no definitive views on the matter. Once it's blended you can add a bit more water if you want it thinner or simmer for longer to reduce it. Serve it hot with a good handful of grated cheese on top (and some salt, if you're over the age of 10).
Now I'm going to see if there's time to have lunch and start the bunting for the Cub's room...