Eating in Liberia ain't cheap or easy, I'm finding.
Going back to lentils, this soup was pretty tasty (based on Alton Brown).
onion (I used two very small ones)
garlic (a few cloves)
a bit of seasoning salt
When onions are translucent, add:
chopped tomatoes (3 small)
1 pound lentils
2 quarts broth (I put in 2 quarts water and 4 bouillon cubes - too much bouillon, too salty)
cumin (1 tsp: but I forgot it this time and it was fine)
coriander (1/2 tsp: also forgot)
grains of paradise (which I have yet to find)
Bring to a boil, then to a simmer for 35-40 minutes.