I’m so obsessed with Reverend Gary Davis at the moment that I wanted to make this Sunday interactive playlist all about him. But we obviously need a bit of diversity, so I decided to pick something that he’d fit into nicely. As well as many chilling and beautiful songs about death, sin, and the afterlife, he’s got some beauties about life and love. And he has quite a few versions of Candyman. This being valentine’s day weekend, I decided that was the direction to take. So this week’s Sunday interactive playlist is on the subject of sweets. Of course songs about candy are never really about candy, are they?
This soup was perfect for a winter’s night. Flavorful but simple. Hearty but brothy and bright, and with the springlike greenness of tarragon. Not at all hard to make.
Here’s a link to your interactive playlist. Add what you like, or leave a comment and I’ll add it through the week.
2 T butter (or olive oil)
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t rosemary, chopped or crumbled
pinch of hot pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup french lentils
1/3 cup white wine
1 can butter beans, rinsed and drained
2 packed cups baby spinach, washed and chopped quite fine
2 T fresh tarragon, chopped
juice of half a lemon (or to taste)
salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper
In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter. When it starts to bubble, add the shallots, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves, and stir and fry until the garlic starts to brown. Add the lentils, stir to coat, and cook until they’re sizzling. Add the wine, and cook for a few minutes until it’s reduced and syrupy. Add about four cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about twenty minutes, until the lentils are nearly cooked (they’ll still have a bit of texture, you don’t want them completely mushy.)
Add the butter beans and spinach, and cook until everything is heated through and the spinach is wilted. Add the tarragon, lemon, salt and pepper, and serve!