I have always wanted to be one of those people who can look at a pile of ingredients and invent a meal. The idea of doing that seems so creative, so delicious, but it's never really been something I could do- I'm more of a "make the same three things for dinner every night for months, get sick of those, and then find three new things to eat on repeat" kind of person. For the most part, this system works well for me- I am definitely a creature of habit, and buying the same things each week certainly makes grocery shopping a very efficient endeavor, but I miss the element of spontaneity that many cooks enjoy.
Tonight, though, I think the warm weather got to me. I was inspired. I knew I had a bunch of kale I needed to use up (perhaps the last of the season!) and upon further thought, I remembered a cup of lentils in the pantry and some sausage and homemade chicken stock in the freezer. Soup! I could make soup!
It all came together surprisingly quickly- forty-five minutes, tops. With a juice glass of two-buck chuck and a hunk of bread from the most adorable little foodie store right down the street, it was the perfect early spring meal.