Thursday, March 7, 2013

Svetlana Alliluyeva's Defection Soup

[Contest update: I misused the word "flaunt" at the end of my last post. If you comment on this post with the word I should have used—I still can't think of what it is—I'll consider that a bid for the book. Unless the situation undergoes a rapid alteration, you'll practically be a shoe-in.]

A slew of notable events and births and deaths fall on March 6, but the one that struck me hardest tonight was that on this day in 1967, Stalin's only daughter defected to the U.S., one year after her would-have-been husband, Brajesh Singh, died. Judging by her Wikipedia entry, Alliluyeva had a tumultuous, eventful, less-than-happy life. Sounds like she might not have found what she was looking for after Singh's death. May we not all be unlucky.

Давайте выпьем за то, чтобы мы испытали столько горя, сколько капель вина останется в наших бокалах!

serves: 2
prep. time: 30 mins.

green lentils
green onion, chopped
2 jalapeños, diced
basil, sliced
1 lime, juiced
two spoonfuls of miso

1. Simmer the lentils in a pot of water. (Use a big pot. Mine was too small,which is why my soup turned out too crowded.)
2. Add the jalapeños and coriander after 10 mins. or so.
3. Add the spinach, onion, and basil 5 mins. or so before the lentils are tender.
4. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice and miso.


  1. Yes, "flout"! Thanks you, Deborah! What a relief. Email me if you'd like a copy of Veganissimo A to Z :)