Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

My version of this warming, peppery carrot soup. I like to sip this soup when my body feels chilled, after a winter hike up the mountain, or a windy walk on the beach. The ginger helps to warm my entire body. As you may know ginger is a root that grows abundantly,in warm climates. However, there are farmers growing it now in Maine. I bought some this fall It was very fragrant, and I made a delicious raw ginger and carrot salad.

Some of the world’s finest ginger now comes from Puerto Rico and Jamaica.  For this soup I thinly cut the whole root. You may also grate it or chop it. Ginger root is great in a mug with boiling water poured over it. Let it steep for 10 minutes breathe in the sultry aroma, then sip. A wonderful tonic for vertigo, and nausea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs carrots, sliced in circles
  • 1  large yellow fin potato
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic. chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of sliced ginger
  • 1-Tablespoon Curry
  • maple syrup
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • butter and /or light cream  (optional)

Instructions:

On medium flame add oil to your soup pot. Stir in garlic and onion, saute until the onions are clear.  Add the sliced ginger, then the curry and stir. This is a great time to think about your intention for this particular soup pot. Who is the soup going to be for? Think about that person and stir in a prayer, a kind thought, your intention.

Add the potatoes, and then the carrots. Cover with cold water,  or stock of your choice, place the lid on top of the soup pot and bring to a boil. When your soup boils, turn to simmer. Add some salt and a bit of pepper. Stir in your love, your prayers. When all the veggies are soft, puree to your preferred texture. You can make it very smooth or leave it a bit chunky.

When you are ready to serve this delicious carrot ginger soup add a bit of maple syrup to your bowl, and if you like it with dairy, add some light cream and a few chunks of butter.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Delicious, earthy, warming…

Serve with a smile and lots of Love!!

To watch an Italian in Maine cook soup for …you click below

 

Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 leeks
  • 2-3 large potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2-1 T (more or less to taste) fresh thyme, parsley, marjoram
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • butter (optional)
  • cream (optional)

Instructions:

Saute a chopped shallot in olive oil and a few pats of butter.  Add leeks and stir…stir in your intention for the day… send love, think light, be here now, give your self a gift… the present.  Stir in carrots, a pinch of salt, cover veggies with cold water and turn flame to high, cover pot and bring to a boil. Uncover pot, stir ( add love, be love, sing a song… more intentions … cover pot and let simmer on low until veggies are tender. 20-30 minutes.

Check on your soup, puree together with electric hand-held blender.  Or stir vigorously and leave it chunky. Add  fresh herbs and  a grind of pepper.

Let soup simmer for a little while. Serve with or with out cream and a pat of butter.

LoVe~ PeAcE~ JoY

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Delicata Soup

Delicata Soup

On this beautiful Indian Summer day for my first show I made Delicata Squash Soup. From the warmth of summer to the cool days of Autumn root vegetables will help nourish this transition. This is the season of Earth in the 5-element philosophy.

The stomach and the spleen, digestion and assimilation are aspects of the Earth element. Think about chewing your food well so that it digests in your mouth first and by the time it travels to your stomach it is that much more able to assimilate into your body. Think about your thoughts do you feel like you are able to digest what you are feeling? How will your thoughts assimilate into your present day. Sometimes we say “I can’t stomach this”. What does this feel like and what can we do to be able to “stomach” a situation?

Breathing is key. The breath helps in every way. Breathe in deeply and then breathe out all of your air. Breath in the new, breathe out the stagnant. This will help with everything! The breath will keep you in the present, and this is the only place there is to be.

Ingredients:

Feeds about 6 people if you throw in a thick loaf of hearty Spelt bread and good butter.

  • 1 delicata squash cut length wise, clean out the seeds (roast them later) and cut into 1/4 inch half moons.
  • 3-4 carrots (again it’s about using your intuition so put in as much as feels right for you and your pot of soup).
  • 2 leeks cut in rounds or half-moon slices
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 6 fingerling potatoes (or any other kind, if they are large, use less)
  • 3 scallions
  • Olive Oil, salt, pepper, bay leaves (2-3), fresh thyme and rosemary

Instructions:

I  begin my soup making with a ceremoniously breath. Breathe in the air around you and exhale all that you do not need any more. In your life, in your thoughts, in the moment.

Next, coat the bottom of your pot ( which sits on medium heat) with olive oil. Saute the onions, garlic, leeks and celery until clear. Add in the carrots and potatoes, stir. Add the delicata, stir. Cover the veggies with cold, clean water. Cover the pot of delicious potential dinner with the lid, bring to a boil.

Remember each time you stir your pot of soup to put in an intention something you want to give to the world, or to the eaters of your soup. Throw in a prayer, or think of something funny. The friends who eat your soup will feel it.

As soon as the pot boils, lower flame or temp, to simmer. Add bay leaves and salt. Add fresh herbs. Stir!  Stir in your intention of the day. Your intention for the people or person you are cooking for.

I stir in prayers and love songs. Some days I stir in an affirmation. Mostly I stir in Love- Love- Love!!

Once all of the veggies have cooked and softened take out a few cups and blend them in the blender then pour the puree back into the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Create a beautiful table with nice cloth napkins and your best silver or what ever you love to eat with. It never has to be fancy, it has to be what makes you feel divine. Pour soup into bowls, top with scallions, and  a side of buttered bread, thank the universe for your food remember to breathe and mangia bene.

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

http://blip.tv/Intentional-Soup/butternut-squash-soup-5958588

Love to the squash!! Are they not beautiful in their orange sunshine flesh? The flesh of a butternut…wonderful!

For this recipe very simple ingredients. Food which is usually on hand in your kitchen. My children like this hearty soup and so does our cat Mullgrain. Feel the love! Feed the kids and the cat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash, skinned and chopped
  • 1 peeled apple
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 2-3 small red, yellow, or white potatoes
  • parsley for garnish
  • salt and pepper
  • cream (optional)
  • butter (optional)
  • olive oil
  • cold water and or organic chicken stock

Instructions:

In a large soup pot saute onion and leek in olive oil (and butter if you are OK with butter, if not, feel free to omit).  Saute until clear. Stir in the LOVE! With the chopped apple. Add the potatoes and then the squash. Stir in the LOVE some more…make this a very intentional soup! Cover the veggies with cold water, (or if you feel like you need to have chicken stock than add it here, straight or half water, half stock).

Sprinkle with salt. Bring to boil. Turn down heat to low and let the pot simmer until all veggies are soft and their juices are mingling. About  30-40 minutes, you will know when it is ready. You will know because you are getting SO great at making Intentional Soup and  it is all….(life, love, feeling the cool morning air on your face, all of it)..is feeling very natural to you.

Puree the pot with a hand-held food processor or use your blender. Or puree half of the soup and leave the other half chunky…again, you will know what to do. Listen to your intuition. Especially in the kitchen. Keep adding your intentions to the pot.

Serve in a beautiful glass or china bowl. Add some more butter and a dash of light cream if you desire it. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

FEEL THE LOVE as you enjoy this gift.

Allow it…the liquid will seep up your intentions.