Brett and I saw the most adorable scenario while at the airport on our way to Hong Kong. As many of you could probably guess, China is all over the place in terms of development. Shanghai and Beijing are of course super developed and have tons of Western commodities and conveniences. Our city is quite a few steps down in development from the larger cities in the sense that we have barely any Wester restaurants/shops in our city, public sanitation is something to be desired, and everyone doesn’t have the opportunity to get an education. If you go even farther out into the countrysides, you’ll discovered even less developed areas where there aren’t any cars, people use fires to cook their food, and families sleep together on the floor every night.
In our city, many of the people living in the countryside bring their produce or products down into the city to sell at the markets, etc. They are the most beautiful people with dark, leathery skin, deep wrinkles from hours in the sun, and colorful traditional clothing. I just love them and hope someday I can talk with them!
Well, at the airport, Brett and I were about to go down an escalator when Brett noticed a curious site and pulled me aside to watch. A sweet, old lady was standing beside a younger man at the top of the escalator. She had the biggest smile on her face, one that was also mixed with a touch of fear. Another younger woman was behind them talking loudly and the old lady kept looking back at her apprehensively. All of a sudden, the escalator scene from Elf popped into our heads and we realized that it was probably her first time using an escalator! After a little coaxing, she finally took the plunge and, with the help of the young man beside her, stepped onto the top of the escalator. The other lady got on behind them and seeing her wobble a little, we jumped on to help her catch her balance. They both grasped the hand rail tightly the entire way down and dismounted safely with huge grins on their faces and laughter in the speech.
It was the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while. What a joy it is to experience new things!
I thought you guys might like that story. Maybe you had to be there, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on her tan, wrinkly face!
In completely other news, this Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup may be the best soup I’ve ever made. I seriously cannot get enough of this hearty, savory soup. My sister in law made this Red Lentil Soup with Lemon when we were staying at their house in April and I loved it at first bite. I decided to put my own spin on that recipe by adding pumpkin and more lentils. I like my soups thick y’all! I made this soup about 3 times in a row and served it twice to two different groups of people and each time it was a hit! It goes so well with freshly homemade bread and a nice salad and makes for great leftovers.
Even though it’s summer, I really really hope you give this recipe a try. It’s simply amazing and full of plant-based protein and nutrition. If you try it out, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below! Even better, take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see your creation!
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
- pinch of cayanne or chili powder
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups finely cubed pumpkin
- 1½ cup red split lentils
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- juice of ½ lemon, or to taste
- cilantro for garnish
- In a large pot over medium heat sauté the onion and garlic in water until soft.
- Once the onions are transparent, stir in the tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne or chili powder. Sauté for 2 minutes longer.
- Add in the vegetable broth, water, pumpkin, split lentils lentils and carrot. Bring everything to a simmer, then partially cover the pot and turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils and pumpkin are soft, about 15 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.
- Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée half of the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.
- Squeeze in the juice of ½ a lemon, plus more to taste and add more salt if desired.
- Serve hot, topped with fresh cilantro