Dear Cape Town
After much debate, Hell would like to thank you for returning its weather.
Have an awesome day now.
Climate Controller in Hell
I laughed when I received this email, since it came at the end of what seemed to be the hottest 2 weeks I have ever experienced in my life. This was only 3 short weeks ago, and now I'm making bean soup for supper - what happened?
The days are so much shorter, the nights are colder and the sun no longer beats down like it's trying to melt the earth's crust. We've tilted along the axis, so watch out Northern Hemisphere, we sending summer your way!
Saturday we had rain, it was such a wonderful sound, even if it did only last 30 minutes, it was long enough for me to rustle up a comforting bean and lentil soup/stew.
Bean and Lentil Soup Stew
Tin Tin Soup : I use the tomato tin as my measuring "cup"
1 Tin Chopped Peeled Tomatoes (keep the empty tin to measure out the rest of the ingredients)
1 "Tin" Dry Kidney Beans
1 "Tin" Dry Black Lentils
½ "Tin" Barley
1 Onion peeled and Sliced
1 Large handful Fresh Lemon Thyme (or a dessert spoon dried thyme)
3 Fresh Bay Leaves ( or dry)
1 chopped Green Chilli
2 Litres of Vegetable Stock (You can make this yourself or use a cube or concentrate)
½ Teaspoon ground Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 6 hours, until everything is soft.
Add water if necessary.
Check the seasoning and adjust to taste. Do not add the salt at the beginning or your beans won't soften.
You can good this on the stove top, just leave it to simmer very slowly - stirring occasionally.
"Everybody always talks about the weather,
but no one ever does anything"