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.
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
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.