Soup with the Simons: Red lentil barley (Plus: The best Nov. 1 ever)

By | November 2, 2011

Yesterday was a perfectly ordinary day. My husband woke up early and left for work shortly after 7:00 a.m. I woke up an hour later and went to work at my morning job, stopped at the makolet on my way home, and then clocked some more work hours during the afternoon.

In the evening, he did a lot of laundry, I washed some dishes, and we dove into a delicious pot of red lentil barley soup. Later, he prepared lessons for the next day and scanned the day’s headlines while I Gchat-ed with my siblings in America and browsed my favorite cooking blogs.

And it was only then, when a blogger made reference to it being the day after Halloween, that I realized with a little jolt of joy that Oct. 31 had come and gone without my even thinking about ghosts and goblins.

As a feeling of pure goodness surged through my veins, I remembered October 2005. I had returned from a glorious year in seminary just a few months earlier and still felt keenly the separation from Eretz Yisrael. Although I knew with everything in me that I’d return, I missed Israel terribly and hated any reminder that I wasn’t home yet.

When I stepped into CVS one day in late October and saw the black and orange decorations everywhere, I nearly burst into tears. Black and orange?! I just wanted my blue and white.

Today, six years later, I think I’ve just fulfilled another dream. A dream in which I am so far away from day-to-day American culture that I don’t even realize that it’s Halloween.

There were no candy sales. There were no special ads in the newspaper. There were no trick-or-treaters.

There was just my husband and I, at home at the end of the day, enjoying our bowls of soup in our cozy caravan near the Dead Sea.

And life felt indescribably good.


11 Comments

Pnina on November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm.

HAHAHAHA. I know where that cloth came from!! And that soup looks amazing!

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Tali Simon on November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm.

Just wait until I raid YOUR house for photo props… :)

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Ahuvah Taub on November 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm.

Love your soup posts. Please Post more soup recipes as soup weather is here. Making this recipe for a late lunch with the family.

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Tali Simon on November 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm.

It’s definitely soup weather. I’ve got a bunch of new ones I’ll be trying in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for them!

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Ahuvah Taub on November 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm.

: )

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Miriam @ Overtime Cook on November 4, 2011 at 4:03 am.

Yum! I love soup. This one looks so rich and filling…so perfect to come home to after a long day of work on a cold night.

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Liz on November 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm.

Thank you for the nice recipe and have a good week!

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T on November 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm.

Do you cover this while it simmers?

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Tali Simon on November 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm.

Yes. I’ll clarify that in the recipe, thanks.

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Yiska Ben Avraham on December 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm.

SOOOOO good. Glad I went through the effort of soap-soaking and rinsing the herbs – it made a big difference! Thank you so much for all your awesome recipes!

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Liz on October 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm.

Nice soup. Thank you.

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