The Golden Soup

King Midas had a daughter called Marigold, and he loved her more than anything, and he wanted to give her the best, the finest, the fanciest, and the most expensive things in the world. That required lots of gold, and even though he had plenty, there is never a limit to gold fever, is there? Especially if the reason for it is so noble – nothing but the best for a beloved child! Sounds familiar, right?

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But Marigold wasn’t interested in Gucci-Pucci and Louboutin shoes. She enjoyed her garden, she wanted to share the beauty of her flowers with her father, and she felt sad when he didn’t have time for her because he was busy counting his gold. Oh, he wished that everything he touched would turn to gold so he wouldn’t have to worry about the price of that Judith Lieber clutch for Marigold!

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One day, when he was toiling at his desk, this not-so-sober guy appeared out of nowhere.

“Hey, – he said, – I am Bacchus! How about some wine?”

“You – who? You – what? – said Midas absentmindedly, fingering his calculator.

“Dionysus, man, you know, drink and be merry, and all that… I am one of those, man, from Olympus, whachamacalit…  I can do stuff for you…”

“Do? You’re that Bacchus? That Dionysus?”

“Yeah man, that’s me, now how about that cup of wine?”

“Forget the wine, can you give me the golden touch? Like whatever I touch, should turn to gold?”

“No problem, brother, let’s drink to that!”

Poof! Bacchus disappeared. Poof! Anything King Midas touched, turned to gold. Happy? Not really – we know the story. He sat down to lunch with his daughter, lifted a spoonful of soup to his mouth, and almost lost his teeth as he bit into something hard – gold. He touched a rose Marigold brought him form the garden, and it stiffened and shined. He hugged his daughter  – oh horror! – she turned into a golden statue!

“Bacchus, you drunken nincompoop! Dionysus, or whatever your name, get in here! Look what you did! I want my daughter back even if it costs me all my gold, and my kingdom, and my Gucci loafers!”

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“Chill out, man, go take a swim, look at sunshine, spread some happiness around, and all will be fixed.”

And as soon as King Midas plunged into the river, everything he splashed with water turned back into what it was before. He took handfuls of water, ran back into his palace and sprinkled his beloved daughter Marigold. A few drops fell on the golden rose, and both the girl and the rose came back to life.  They finished their meal together, and never had soup tasted so good to the king!

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To make the golden soup, we need to soak some golden yellow split peas, then rinse them, add water, and bring to boil. .gldn sp 2

Then we add a large grated carrot, squeeze a couple of garlic cloves, mix in a heaping tablespoon of soup powder, and season with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. At this point you have two options: you can reduce the heat and keep simmering it stove top, standing over the pot and stirring until it’s done, or you can transfer it to a crock pot and go do something else. I take the second alternative.

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When the soup looks like a smooth creamy mass, you can add some diced tomatoes and cilantro, and entertain your kids with this educational and inspirational video:

If your soup becomes too thick, just go ahead and add some water. Remember, that’s all King Midas had to do  – splash some water around.

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Here you have it – a light and delicious soup that looks like molten gold, worth of King Midas! Garnish it with sprigs of any greens you have handy. And if it thickens again by tomorrow, adding some more water will always do the trick.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups dry yellow split peas
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon soup powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sprigs of greens to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Soak split peas. Rinse, place in 2-quart pot, fill with water, bring to boil.
  • Add grated carrot and squeezed garlic, stir.
  • Add soup powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Transfer to crock pot set on low. Alternatively, reduce heat to simmer on stove top and keep stirring until done. Simmer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add diced tomatoes and cilantro, stir. Add water if necessary.
  • Serve garnished with sprigs of greens.

Enjoy!

 

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44 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on marethmbotha and commented:
    What a lovely way to introduce this delicious recipe! I’m reblogging it and as winter is fast approaching, theirs golden soup will be on my list of must cooks!🌻😀🌻🌞🌟🐝

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you like it, and I appreciate your reblogging my recipe. Enjoy!

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      1. It’s a Pleasure. Your blog is really so beautifully presented. I see I wrote theirs instead of their. I apologise, doing typing without my glasses on an iPad, not a good idea!

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      2. I know all about glasses, and about typos too! And thank you again!

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  2. Lovely soup garnished with a delicious story!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve thought of this myth many times when I tried to convince parents to give their children “quality time” instead of expensive toys. I thank G-d I drilled it into my sons’ heads, and my daughters-in-law follow suit.

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      1. Can I borrow your drill please? 🙂

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      2. Which one? The one that never stops like the Energizer Bunny? Ii does wear you out, after a while.

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      3. I apologize, I was thinking of something else. That drill is a family tradition, but you can always start your own traditions!

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  3. Love marigolds and lentils 😊 This is such a cool story 😂

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    1. Thank you, dear Priya! I hope you forgave me for a delay in accepting your generous nomination!

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      1. Course I did, you are way too sweet to hold grudges against 😋

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  4. Sumith Babu says:

    Nice story with a great recipe:) Nice one Dolly.

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  5. Loved the story and the recipe!

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  6. payel says:

    Lovely recipe , My fevorite ingredient s 😃

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    1. Thank you so much – I am glad you like it!

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  7. You’re brilliant! I’m so excited to try this ♡. Love all of your goodness!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you like it – enjoy!

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  8. Raizel loves this and wants me to make it for Shabbat!😍

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    1. Oh, you made my day! This is a perfect Shabbos soup – the more it simmers, the better it tastes. Will you tell her for me that I hope she enjoys it!

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      1. I am hoping to make it this week. I will let you know.🌿

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      2. Thank you! And please let me know whether Raizel liked it in reality, not in theory.

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      3. That is an important indicator, as you now realize.😕

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      4. I’ve dealt with kids like Raizel and trained both educators and parents, so I am quite familiar with sensory issues.

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      5. Is that what that is? I have them with both girls and my husband too. It’s very difficult to navigate. I have very little “wiggle room.”

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      6. You are doing admirably well!

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      7. My mother makes something similar to this. I have to check. She also serves it like a cholent.

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      8. That’s interesting – I’d be interested to know what else goes into it to make it a cholent.

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      9. I think I might make that this week. Raizel has been talking about all the recipes but sometimes she likes the idea rather than the reality.

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      10. At her age, it’s fine. With time, she’ll learn to differentiate.

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  9. Hi Kool! Thanks so much for visiting me. I came to return the visit. This is so neat, how you segued from the story to the soup!! Perfect!!
    And it looks so delightful!!

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    1. Thank you, Melinda! BTW, my name is Dolly, although my grandkids do call me “cool,” and I also love purple.

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      1. YAY!! I always love meeting a fellow purple person! Nice to meet you , Dolly!

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      2. Very nice to meet you too, Melinda! I am actually a black cat who loves purple, if you can imagine that!

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    1. Thank you so much – I am glad you like it!

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  10. Reblogged this on Cameron and Tigger the Tabby and commented:
    Post by someone else. I like.

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    1. Thank you so much, it’s so kind of you!

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