Updated: Feb 28
The Power of Soup!
Soup is not just a food, it's a feeling.
When you have a cold or the flu, what do you want? Soup! Whether it's chicken noodle; Leek and potato; Split pea with crusty bread... the answer is always SOUP!
Stepping back into the house after shovelling snow, what do you crave? Soup (beef and barley or maybe a bowl of ooey gooey French onion?). A broken heart is helped with some creamy, comforting mushroom soup, or roasted tomato with crushed-up crackers. Spooning in that hot and savoury soup, almost feels like taking good medicine. Wrapping your hands around the warm bowl calms us and comforts us just as much as the nutrients in the soup.
Making soup is a Zen experience. Forget those gadgets and gizmos for chopping and dicing your produce. If you want to calm your body and clear your mind…cut and dice your ingredients. No need to hurry the process, because the act of prepping your vegetables is part of the calming and reflective beauty of making soup.
Making soup is almost a ritual for me. What kind of music do I want to listen to as I work away in the kitchen? I love ska for chopping and dicing... some slick Motown for sautéing. If it's a hot summer day, I have to be barefoot to enjoy the cool tiles, and of course good comfortable shoes or slippers if it's cold.
I know, I may be a bit over the top, but these things make the whole soup-making experience a total pleasure for me. That's where the love comes from when I cook. I love what I am doing, and I love feeding people. It's a good recipe.
Cavell Martin Miller
Manager Social Enterprise
The Commonfare Kitchen | CFK a division of Branching Out Support Services.
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