The other day I had a craving for a sweet potato, red lentil coconut soup. I headed to our local grocery store and sadly was forced to regroup. They were out of sweet potatoes and don't even carry the red lentils! Rather than curse my bad luck of living in a small town with limited ingredients, I shifted my attention to a dish I could make without having to drive into the city. I always keep staples in my fridge for times just like this and they certainly came in handy in trying to satisfy my craving.It's a super easy soup that comes together quickly and economically. The lemongrass from a tube is not my first choice, but in a pinch it can really add the flavour without sending you to an Asian market or specialty shop to buy the real thing. I used a red curry paste, but yellow or green curry paste could easily be substituted. The coconut milk adds smoothness to the soup and helps tame some of the spice from the curry paste. I sprinkled a unsweetened coconut on top for a little texture, but it's not necessary. Some fresh cilantro would be nice on top too, but that's another ingredient my small town store doesn't carry. Hope you give this soup a try in either your rural or urban kitchen.