Lou and Lucy: Lou’s latest ‘holy trinity’ of  garlic, ginger, lemon juice

  • Garlic, ginger and fresh lemon juice. LOUIS GROCCIA

Published: 2/1/2020 12:46:03 AM

There are dozens of “holy trinities” throughout our wonderful culinary world.

Depending on the cuisine you are cooking, it might be celery, green bell pepper and onion. Or celery, carrot and onion. Or garlic, lemon juice and tahini. Or so many others.

The newest “holy trinity” I have encountered is garlic, ginger and fresh lemon juice. It was introduced to me from a recipe provided by Karen Sheingold, a yoga teacher who lives in Amherst.

Karen makes a soup adapted from Peter Berley’s lemon lentil soup with spinach.

What I love about her recipe are two techniques I was introduced to when making her soup. ( Which may the best soup I have ever made.)

Her recipe, for two cups of uncooked lentils, calls for 10 whole, peeled cloves of garlic that simmer for an hour or so in the soup while the lentils are cooking. At the end of the cooking process, you smush the cloves against the side of your pot so they disintegrate. This provides your soup with a wonderful background flavor of the garlic. Not at all overwhelming. By not chopping the cloves up you eliminate the too-strong taste that garlic can provide. I highly urge you to try this technique in the next soup you make.

Her recipe also calls for five or six quarter-size coins of peeled ginger. These also sit in the soup the entire time before being removed at the end. This provides your soup with a wonderful background flavor of the ginger. I also urge you to try this technique in the next soup you make.

Her recipe also calls for the juice of a couple of lemons, which is added at the end of the cooking. I also urge you to try this technique in the next soup you make.

The health benefits of these three ingredients cannot be stressed enough.

Look up what those benefits are since I am running out of room here.

And don’t worry. I didn’t actually take a yoga class. My wife directed me to her yoga teacher’s recipe — in a newsletter.

— LOU

I’m glad you clarified the yoga class. That would almost be like if you ate some tofu. Either of those would be mind-blowing.

And by the way, viva la holy trinity!

— LUCY




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