Technical difficulties led to my inability to download the picture of the tasty Lentil Soup I tried yesterday. The recipe itself came from my dear friend/amazing Canadian/former student Taylor Burns. Being me, I did modify it a bit with my adding black eyed peas (my Southern roots) and edamame (green is my favorite color). The result was perfect for an autumn Kansas night. The recipe is as follows:
Taylor’s Tasty Lentil Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds, finely ground
½ tsp cumin
2 oz pancetta (60 g) chopped
2 carrots diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 bay leaves
½ cup green lentils
½ cup red lentils
5 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil
- Brown onion and cook pancetta
- Add coriander, garlic, cumin halfway through previous step
- Add everything else
- Bring to a boil
- Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes on low heat.
The tonight after I had finished watching this week’s Once Upon a Time while rowing, I decided just to switch over to my iTunes library rather than watch something else for my last five minutes needed to get to 10,000 meters. Cloud Atlas’ “End Title” began to play while my screensaver of photos from past travels accidentally started.
There I rowed while watching the memories from the past flash before me while a beautiful nostalgia-producing song provided my own soundtrack. And with each picture, almost a form of time travel took me to different chapters in my life as I suddenly was back at that moment with camera in hand, scene before me, and the company, if any, beside me.
The pictures and the time travel continued as I rowed forward against no currents both towards but more away from my past. The music, as dramatic as this sounds, was giving this feeling of a finality of a chapter taking place. And now a new one, I guess, begins. Armed with a new mindset thanks to the podcast On Being and Ellen Langer (definitely check it out), I am ready for this one. 80 days remain for 2014, and if one can go around the world in that time, surely I can check off these remaining New Year’s Resolutions.
Needless to say, there are many memories to make and photos to take in this latest chapter that starts tonight as I follow the lyrics of one of my favorite songs, which just happened to play right after the “End Title,” and burn the boats back to who I used to be.
Just curious, what are some of your favorite photos that take you time traveling whenever you see them?