This lentil soup is so delicious that nurses at work have been eating it every day for 17 years.
Everyone has a favorite food. For American nurses, it’s lentil soup. It’s so nice to have lunch at work every Saturday for 17 years.
Most need variety in their diet. Reed Branson doesn’t. A nurse working in Seattle, USA, took her own life after eating lentil soup on a weekday. That too for 17 years. The Washington Post tracked him down and asked about his routine and recipes.
Branson’s daily work is unpredictable. He works as a nurse at the HIV Clinic at Seattle Hospital. Although we have more work to do than usual due to the coronavirus, the only thing we can always rely on is Greek lentil and spinach soup. It is hearty when served with potatoes and zucchini based on lentils. The soup is seasoned with all kinds of aromatic spices and fresh lemon juice. He has been cooking them every Saturday for nearly 20 years and filling them in four jars. Eight lunches are enough. If there’s anything left, the 63-year-old couple is happy to share the soup with his wife.
It all started when the recipe for his favorite canned soup changed. He didn’t like the new recipe anymore. So he set out to find an alternative. And I found a lentil soup recipe in Crescent Dragonwagon’s Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread cookbook published in 1992.
This soup always tastes different
Branson hasn’t had enough of the soup yet because it always tastes different, he told the Washington Post. “It’s always a little surprising. This time either the onions came out strong, or it’s a really good butternut squash. I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t made it often.”
But all good things come to an end. The same goes for traditional Branson lunches. He will retire soon. The nurse has less than four months left to work. Then he will probably stop cooking the soup. But for the strike party he wants to cook it again. Then he does as much as all his colleagues can try.
Here is the soup recipe.