For Cold Weather: A Recipe
Also, it has been cold out, and the web is a good source of recipes.
This is what I came up with, based mostly on this recipe scaled down to fit in a blender:
1 medium tomato
1 T olive oil
1/2 T ground cumin
1/2 t ground turmeric
1 t tomato paste
~1/2 T salt
Combine 4 cups of broth, chopped carrots, celery, tomatoes and ginger in a blender or food processor. Blend and set aside.
Melt butter, add olive oil in a sauce pan and sauté spices, onion and garlic, stirring frequently so as not to burn, for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, cook about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, stir. Add the contents of the blender, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Put the contents of the saucepan plus most of the cooked lentils back in your blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return to pot along with the remaining lentils and the broth they were cooked in. Season with salt and pepper to taste, bring back to a simmer, turn off, serve.