So for this month’s entry during lockdown in New Zealand, I am turning to The Pandemic Pack Collaborative Cookbook for inspiration. As I mentioned in a previous post, a number of cafes and restaurants around the city have got together to produce a little cookbook, available as a pdf from as little as NZ$10. It is a great idea and a good and simple way to support local business.
For my first dish from the book, I made the Mushroom and Puy Lentil Soup from Capitol Restaurant, a favourite place in town (where we plan to go for our wedding anniversary at the end of the month, lockdown permitting). I had a good supply of Puy lentils in the store cupboard, and got two types of mushrooms, with shiitake offering a nice bite, thyme and parsley from the garden, and a lemon and sour cream garnish,
It is suggested that it is enjoyed with a good glass of pinot noir, which we did, and bread from Arobake. This is a gorgeous soup that I would definitely make again with a little less liquid.
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