Married to the Empire

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Simple Lunch

I invited one of the other youth leaders over for lunch earlier this week. We needed to go over the budget for next year and discuss some upcoming events. The weather, which has been unusually cool and rainy for this time of year, beckoned a lunch of soup and bread.

This red lentil and vegetable soup is a favorite of mine. It's very quick and easy to make, and it's very healthy. Unfortunately, I think I forgot the cumin this time. Oops! Didn't serve it to my guest at its very best. (BTW, the picture was taken after lunch, when it had been sitting a while, so don't judge it based on my photo!)

I made a loaf of beer bread to go with it. Very easy, and very delicious!

My table is set for autumn, and the cats have been enjoying the fresh air coming through the open windows. A perfect setting for a nice lunch with a friend.

Beer Bread

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 12-oz. bottle of beer*

Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes.

*Can substitute Sprite or 7-Up for beer. Takes on a slightly different flavor, but it's still good.


Beth said...

Thanks for the beer bread recipe! Looks a lot easier and cheaper than buying a beer bread mix.

p.s. I think my oldest is finally settling into high school!

Joanne Brown said...

That soup looks delicious!! I'm going to try making more soups this autumn and winter. I absolutely love soups but don't make them often enough! I'll definitely be looking at your recipe. Yummy!