experience is not what happens to you. it is what you do with what happens to you.
Today has been chilly and windy sunny. Two of my favorite weather combinations (die wind die…). But I can appreciate the wind’s cleansing properties. It is the perfect day to share one of my favorite recipe non-recipes! I call it my “Detox Soup”.
We have been experiencing this strange
post-apocalyptic cold at our place for a few weeks; sore throat, runny noses, foggy heads, flu-like sympotoms, etc.. It has been perpetuating, bouncing between people, never seeming to actually die…. So, the other day I felt inspired to prepare my soup to help kick this bug in the ass.
It is full of ginger, onion, garlic, and dark green veggies. The ultimate combination for detoxification and immunity support (and wards off vampires, always handy…).
The best part of this recipe is that it is not exact!! Yes!! Perfect, less stress, less mess, and easy to do when your brain is not operating at full-speed. And also, it is one of the best ways to clean out your veggie drawer.
Recipe for the Ultimate Comfort Soup//
Kale or chard (those freakish looking dark green lettuces)
Cauliflower or Broccoli (or both)
Vegetable stock broth
Cayenne Pepper (my favorite spice)
What to do…
Get out a big pot, splash a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
Chop up you onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Sauté and make the house smell delicious.
Chop the garlic by removing skin and chopping to small bits. Add to pot.
Add vegetable broth (or whatever your preference is….). Add about 2-3 times more water.
Bring to a boil.
Drop in all your happy veggies (chopped to your preferred size).
Bring to a simmer. Let it sit. Go run some errands, play scrabble, take a shower, just DO something. This is not a time sensitive chore.
About 45 minutes. Check the carrots (hardest veggie first). Semi-soft and delicious? Yes?? Then time to serve. Or let it sit some more.
Serve in pretty bowls, season with the pepper and salt till your taste buds are happy.
Eat, reheat, repeat.
Possible options: serve with mixed grain rice (our choice for the evening), or with some noodles, or alongside some toast.
Happy Thursday, go do something good for your body and mind.
Peace, love, and kale.
hello people of 2013,
it is quite unlike myself to create resolutions for the new year, but after this past year (an emotionally exhaustive 2012), i am making the plunge into resolution-world. it falls in line with the progression of my life and feels appropriate today. but my resolution goes beyond the standard “goal for the year”, and is rather the adoption of a new outlook on life. this year was the year of “sponging”— learning and absorbing and experiencing.
but the word “resolution” makes me think of radical overnight changes, often creating a recipe for inevitable dissatisfaction.
resolutions are short-lived. we expel all this initial energy with our resolutions in mind, yet fail to retain enough momentum to make our goal attainable. each holiday brings about this burst of excitement, zapping our energies and clouding the big picture (the present).
we have been programmed to celebrate and appreciate a few select days and sometimes those holidays become tinged in shades of resentment and obligation (think about the week before Halloween when Santa paraphernalia starts sprouting up…). maybe these thoughts are coming from my inner-cynic, but i say them with the intention of bringing a change to our brain.
so, i am proposing a sustainable resolution for you and me: a modest celebration of every day; each moment of failure and each moment of success and all those pretty moments in between. let’s acknowledge each day as if it were the new year. no goals, just good intentions that will grow and transform not only yourself, but others around you.
let’s get stoked on this new year!! best wishes for you all.
and now it is time for bed.
peace, love, cats, and coffee.