“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs —”
A cliché, yes, but that doesn’t make it any the less true. And more often than we acknowledge, creation begins with an act of destruction. You can’t make vegetable soup, in this case, a partcularly delicious Curried Red Lentil Soup, without chopping up vegetables. Without this knife work, and the reduction of carrots, celery, red pepper, garlic and onions to little fragments:
You couldn’t create this:
But it’s worth it!
(Parenthetical note: In the Biblical story of Isaac and his two sons, Esau and Jacob, you may remember that Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Many Bible scholars are convinced that lentils are the pottage (French potage, soup) in question. I’d say the soup is more than worth the chopping. But a birthright? Not so clear. I hope Esau at least got a slice of good bread thrown in.)