George's Famous Lentil Soup
2 cups green lentils (washed but not soaked) 15 cups water (cold) 1 - 2 tblspns tomato paste (or use 3 - 4 peeled tomatoes) 2 - 3 onions (peeled and chopped) 10 or so bay leaves (dried is fine) 1 - 2 tblspns olive oil salt and pepper to taste Throw everything into a large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a light boil / heavy simmer Stir frequently. Adjust flavour by adding more salt and pepper or other ingredients (not lentils). Add more water if necessary. When lentils are cooked and soup is at desired thickness (about 1 1/2 hours) serve. Alternatively, soak lentils in the water for a while, then add all other ingredients and proceed as above.