In a 6 qt. pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for about 7 minutes, or until onions are soft. Add stock, 2 cups water, celery, carrots, lentils, basil, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and red-pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. Add tomatoes and their juice and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
The Least Successful Collector
Betsy Baker played a central role in the history of collecting. She
was employed as a servant in the house of John Warburton (1682-1759) who had
amassed a fine collection of 58 first edition plays, including most of the
works of Shakespeare.
One day Warburton returned home to find 55 of them charred beyond
legibility. Betsy had either burned them or used them as pie bottoms. The
remaining three folios are now in the British Museum.
The only comparable literary figure was the maid who in 1835 burned
the manuscript of the first volume of Thomas Carlyle's "The Hisory of the
French Revolution", thinking it was wastepaper.
-- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"
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