I'll post the other recipes that I mentioned soon. Until then, suffice it to say that grad school's caught up with me and I've had a crazy couple weeks. Things will calm down on Thursday once I've turned in a couple papers and completed this CIA simulation that I signed up for. I'm going to bring my ninja stars and grappling hook and I expect good things. I'll tell you all about it... but then I'll have to kill you!!! CIA out.
I gave a presentation in my financial management course today. It was a lot of fun. I was pretty nervous and slightly unprepared, but got back into the teaching groove after a couple minutes and overall I feel like it went pretty well. I was reporting on an interim hearing of the Texas House's Committee on County Affairs and got to talk about how our representatives were acting like high school students on the last day of school. They complimented each other on their weight loss, compared Texas's (in)ability to fix our water problems to our inability to fix our residents' toilets, and bashed the "federales" for always changing the rules midgame.
I shouldn't tease too much, though, I just sent off a couple applications in hope of securing an internship with a legislator for the upcoming session. I'm really excited about this and think I could do a great job. I hope so... there's a lot of things that need work. I think that my heart is generally in the right place at least.
Yesterday I went out on my first date since moving to Austin. She's a middle school science teacher who appreciates good beer and likes to bike. Perfect for me? ...I had a great time and after walking her to her car we hugged. My fingers slid down her arm as we released and for a fleeting moment our fingers lingered against each others' and I was reminded of how perfect first dates can be. I can't wait to go out with her again and I hope she feels similarly.
During class this evening I got the great idea to cook with Lentils again. I wound up making a Split Pea and Lentil Soup that was absolute delicious and relatively healthy.
Split Pea and Lentil Soup
1/2 c. Green Split Peas
1/2 c. Yellow Split Peas
1/2 c. French Green Lentils
1/2 c. Red Lentils
32 oz. Chicken Broth (low-sodium)
4 slices Thick-Cut Hickory-Smoked Bacon
1 Red Onion
1 Yellow Onion
1 large Shallot
3 Cloves Garlic
~1.5 in^3 Ginger
3 Stalks Celery
9 Compari Tomatoes cut into eighths
Lots of Ground Thyme
Lots of Parsley Flakes
Lots of Ground Sage
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Rinse the Peas and Lentils and then bring to a boil in the Chicken Broth. Once boiling, allow to simmer for roughly an hour. While the Peas and Lentils are simmering, cut the Bacon into small chunks about 1 cm x 1 cm and fry until crispy. Add the Bacon to the simmering Peas and Lentils. Then dice the Ginger and Garlic and slice the Onions and Shallot into nice sizes and fry in the Bacon Grease. While the Onions and all that are frying, chop the Celery, Carrots, and Tomato into appropriate sizes and add to the simmering mixture. Add in the Spices and Salt and Pepper to Taste. Once the Onion mixture is nicely caramelized, add it to the Peas and Lentil soup. Add Water as necessary to achieve your desired thickness and cook until the Carrots are your favored amount of crispiness (or lack there of). I was shocked at how tasty this relatively quick and undoubtedly easy soup is!