I'll start out saying this is NOT a visually pretty dish, I did TRY to make is pretty, but that color is REALLY hard to disguise! BUT this soup is amazing! What a great taste. The ginger and tangerine peel added such a wonderful flavor.
I did add a little yogurt and crumbled bacon...but it would have been fine without it!
To make the soup... cook onions, celery, carrots in a little olive oil until softened.
Next add, chicken broth, French green lentils, and tangerine peel. I had to laugh when adding the spices ... 6 black peppercorns, 3 coriander seeds, 1 clove... Just because I like to live on the edge, I added 6 coriander seeds, and 3 cloves!!
Dorie talked about blanching her bacon... this was a first for me.
After cooking for one minute, take the bacon out and pat it dry.
Next saute your bacon. I am not sure what the blanching really did... a little less greasy while cooking the bacon? Think I'll skip the blanching in the future... Who needs another pan to wash?!!