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Simple as it looks, homemade lentil soup is good for the home, and the soul
Delving deeper into my copy of Apartment Therapy, author Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s guide to transforming your life by fixing your space (also a blog), has me almost ready to take the plunge. Guests are visiting this summer, there’s a relative abundance of free time and so the eight-week cure seems doable — nearly.
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Gillingham-Ryan warns readers not to start the process until they’re ready to commit, and with other failed projects littering my desk, I’m understandably wary of going in half-baked. There are two recommendations for week one, though, that I’m ready to start on right away. Coincidentally, they’re the quickest and easiest ways I know to enjoy a temporary boost in mental wellbeing.
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Lentil Soup: the Easiest Soup in the World
I’ve been cooking this soup since university, but nobody in my family liked it until we spent some months in Japan, where Western home-cooked meals were suddenly the height of exoticism. Meat makes it even better: I recommend Harvest brand farmer’s sausage, sold locally. I like this soup for four reasons. It costs pennies, is infinitely mutable, is practically foolproof, and even if your larder is bare, you probably still have the ingredients on hand.