This lighter & brighter version of the traditional “FAKÈS” soup, which is usually both dense & heavy, quite brown in appearance (and in flavor) and laden with garlic, incorporates more of the other vegetables to give it brighter colors as well as flavors and lighten it all up !
I’m not saying that the traditional, heavier and darker version isn’t delicious but you may have to have been a Greek kid that grew up eating this soup to appreciate it. And to be honest, even we need to add a drizzle of vinegar to lighten and brighten it up.
Lentils have been a staple food for many cultures for thousands of years, and they have a rich history full of interesting stories and legends. Here's one such story :
In ancient Greece, there was a young man named Psyche who fell deeply in love with the beautiful goddess Aphrodite. But, as with all things that are too good to be true, their love was forbidden and Aphrodite became jealous of Psyche's beauty.
Aphrodite punished Psyche by giving him four impossible tasks to complete. The first task was to sort a huge pile of mixed grains, including lentils, into separate piles. Psyche was overwhelmed and didn't know where to start, but then the ants came to his rescue. The ants helped him sort the lentils into separate piles, and in gratitude, Psyche gave them a portion of the sorted lentils as a thank you.
From that day on, lentils were known as a symbol of hard work, perseverance, and the help of others. They were also seen as a reminder of the love between Psyche and Aphrodite, and the power of love to overcome even the greatest obstacles.
This is just one of the many interesting stories surrounding lentils and their rich history. Whether you love them for their flavor, their versatility, or their cultural significance, there's no denying that lentils are an important part of many cuisines and cultures around the world.
Eat more LENTILS … :)