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Start this early in the day - it needs to simmer a long time. Stir frequently.

3 cups dry green spits

about 7 cups water (more if needed)

1 bay leaf

2 tsp salt

Simmer covered 3-4 hours. Remove bay leaf.

Saute in 2 Tbl oil:

1 cup minced onion

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup minced celery

1 small potato, thinly sliced

2 cups sliced carrots

If necessary, add a little water to steam. When tender, add to soup. Continue simmering.

About 15 minutes before serving add:

1/4 cup dry red wine

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp thyme

a few drops sesame oil (I think we used dark sesame oil)

Just before serving:

3 Tbl vinegar

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley