I just made Black Soup

  • mug puy lentils
  • large handful black wild rice
  • large handful dried button mushrooms
  • large handful dried black fungus
  • whole dried lemon
  • rosemary
  • pinch salt
  • guesstimate water

into saucepan. simmer/cook. blend. enrich with butter.

2 thoughts on “I just made Black Soup

  1. Eric S. Raymond (@esrtweet)

    My wife the food historian wants to know where you got this recipe.

    See, there are references in classical sources to a “black soup” that the Spartans considered staple food but others found unpalatable. To my wife’s knowledge nobody knows how the Spartan “black soup” was made. Is this recipe from a period source, a modern reconstruction, or something unrelated entirely?

    1. alecm Post author

      Sorry, Eric – and (eval ‘(wife ‘eric)) – but I was just clearing my cupboards and the ingredients lined up on the countertop. But it’s possibly the blackest thing I have eaten in years.

      Thanks to the pointer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_soup – it sounds an acquired taste.


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