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Hike at the Drachenfels and Lentil Soup

Hike at the Drachenfels and Lentil Soup

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It’s been too long, since I cooked in the woods with Marten. The weather forecast predicted sunny weather for the weekend and so we met for a hike. We also got company this time. The lovely Angie, Volker and Judith came with us.

Marten suggested, we hike around Königswinter and I suggested to cook lentil soup. Both suggestions were accepted unanimously. So I packed my backpack with my cooking set, two cans of lentils, some leek, carrot and spices and we took off.

On the way to Königswinter the sun was shining and we were happy to have such nice weather, as a wall of fog detained all the sunbeams. So we started our tour in a wonderful mystic atmosphere.

Very soon the fog dissolved and we had the predicted great weather. The light was amazing and the sound of the foliage when you walked in it was magical.

Of course we walked up, down and up again to keep us warm. This way we had amazing views followed by little things, like mushrooms to discover. At a wooden hat, that the sun warmed, hundreds of lady bugs flew around and landed everywhere. Not only on our pants and pullover, but also our faces, hair and one in my ear…

When we got hungry we looked for a spot to cook our soup. Since it’s already too cold to sit in the shadow, we chose a sunny place.

The lentil soup isn’t special or haute cuisine, but it tasted good and satisfied us. I’ll write the recipe on the bottom of the post. Since we were more than two people today, Marten also brought his cooking set and we cooked in two pots. For dessert we had some fruit and nut bars and coffee. (Instead of milk we use the genius Tom Soja)

It’s noticeable that the days are already much shorter, than in summer. The last couple of kilometers the sun was very low.

And in the end the cranes made noise while they were flying south.

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Oh, I love autumn!



Simple Lentil Soup for Outdoor Cooking
Gang/Type: Main Dish
Ergibt/Yield: 4 - 6 Portions
For the soup:
  • 2 big cans of lentils
  • 1 big leek
  • 2 big carrots
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 750 ml (3 cups) vegetable broth
  • 2 packs soy sausages

To Season:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vinegar or
  • soy sauce
  1. Cut the leek in fine rings, the carrots in small pieces and slice the sausages.

  2. Heat the oil in the pot and sautée the leek in it. Then add the carrots and sautée as well.

  3. Deglaze with some broth, add the lentils and add broth until desired consistency. Cook for 10 Minutes.

  4. Add the sausages and heat them up. Season to taste with salt, pepper, vinegar or soy sauce.
We forgot to bring potatoes. Add them with the carrots and depending on how small they are cubed, they will be done in the 10 minutes cooking time. Otherwise cook for a couple of minutes longer.


  1. Claudia
    Monday February 19th, 2018 / 05:57 PM

    Versuchs mal mit Spätzle anstatt Kartoffeln……viel besser?
    LG, Claudia

    • Rina
      Monday February 19th, 2018 / 06:01 PM

      Hey Claudia,
      das probiere ich mal aus!
      Liebe Grüße

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