I will forever associate lentils as Lenten Food.
When I was a little boy, about five or six years old my pastor's wife made a pot of Lentil Soup and served it to her Sunday School class before Wednesday Midweek Lenten Vespers. She proceeded to read us the story of Jacob & Esau when Esau came in from the fields and was famished, and sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of lentil pottage. The word lentil also sounded much like lenten to my immature brain.
Genesis 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
I still don't understand
why we had Sunday School
before Lenten Midweek back in those days, but I did enjoy my first exposure to lentil soup and love it to this day. It was very exciting for me to be eating the same Biblical food that the stern patriarchs of the OT had partaken from.
My soup is an evolving work in progress. I had four tomatoes on the vines that needed to be used so I diced them and tossed 'em in with the hocks. I also found a ziplock bag of roasted vegetables (red peppers, asparagus, carrots, green beans, red onion & grape tomatoes) in the fridge. I will chop them and add to the pot as I add the lentils and diced white onion. I added a few heaping tablespoons of summer savory. Smells very friendly in the house.