Happiness through my eyes

Happiness through my eyes January

It started as an idea to make a monthly blogpost about food photography but ended in the subject Happiness through my eyes.

Happiness for me is in the smaller things in life. A smile from a unknown person on the street. A beautiful sunset. The cool crisp air after a thunderstorm. A lovely meal together with friends. And there are lots of things which makes me happy.

A Turkish soup made from lentils is one of the things which makes me happy too. Why? The ingredients are pure. And the taste is awesome. It warms you and comforts you in cold days. Or after a long beach walk.

What you need:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 red chili pepper (dried). But I use the fresh ones.
  • 175 grams blonde lentils
  • 4 sprigs of parsley
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 1 spoon of olive oil
  • 2 tea spoons of paprika powder
  • 2 meat broth tablets
  • salt
  • 1 liter water

Chop the onion and the clove of garlic. Make a little cross in the tomatoes and cook them for a few seconds in boiling water. Clean them with cold water, skin them and remove the seeds. Cut the tomatoes in little parts. Wash the blonde lentils and let them leak.

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pan. Put the onion and garlic in it and fry them softly. Add the tomatoes, chili pepper and paprika powder. Fry it for one minute. Add the water and the meat broth tablets. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat and let it softly boil for 55 minutes. The lentils have to be soft.

Chop the parsley and mint, to use as a topping. Serve the soup with bread.

Enjoy your meal.

Want to see more happiness through my eyes: Here is the link for the blog of my friend Rachel: http://rachelburwellphotography.blogspot.com/…/happines…


In het Nederlands

  • 1 ui
  • 1 teentje knoflook
  • 4 tomaten
  • 1 gedroogd chilipepertje (chilli). Ik gebruik altijd de verse pepers.
  • 175 g gedroogde blonde linzen
  • 4 takjes peterselie
  • 4 takjes verse munt
  • 1 eetlepel olijfolie
  • 2 theelepels paprikapoeder mild
  • 2 vleesbouillontabletten
  • zout
  • 1 liter water

Pel de uit en knoflook en snipper deze fijn. Tomaten inkruipen. Dompel ze enkele seconden onder in kokend water. Spoel de tomaten af onder koud water. Ontvel ze, verwijder de zaadjes en snijdt het vruchtvlees in stukjes. Verkruimel de peper. Was de linzen en laat ze uitlekken.

Verhit in een ruime pan de olie. Fruit de ui en knoflook. Stukjes tomaat, peper en paprikapoeder toevoegen en geheel nog even zachtjes bakken. Voeg dan het water en de bouillontabletten toe. Meng de linzen er door. Breng het aan de kook en laat de bouillonblokken oplossen.

Zodra de soep kookt, het vuur lager draaien. Laat het dan nog 55 minuten zachtjes koken tot de linzen zacht zijn. Hak de peterselie en munt fijn. Breng de soep eventueel met zout op smaak. Ik gebruik nooit zout en mis het niet. Bestrooi de soep met peterselie en munt. Serveer de soep met brood.

Eet smakelijk.

Wil je meer Happiness through my eyes zien? Hier is de link naar de site van mijn vriendin Rachel: http://rachelburwellphotography.blogspot.com/…/happines…

Turkish Lentil soup / Turkse linzensoep


  • Kirsten Wollschlager

    Anna!!! I am so very excited to make this dish for my husband!!! I love your food photography. It’s so clean and bright! That silver tray makes a fantastic backdrop. Thanks for brightening my day today!

  • Anonymous

    Anna, these images are beautiful. I especially love your comments regarding the time after a thunderstorm, that really struck a chord with me 🙂

  • Linda Hooper

    Anna, beautiful images. it really is the little things that bring us the most happiness. Glad to be part of this project with you!

  • Ana Quiroga

    You have such an eye for composition, this post is simply stunning and be sure that I am going to try this recipe. You always have such beautiful colours in your shots and I have really enjoyed hearing about happiness in your world. I look forward to February. Surely we won’t always bog about food LOL

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