Soup Beautiful Soup – Well Said
“Only the pure in heart can make really good soup” Ludwig van Beethoven
When I think about the monumental soups that I have experienced, a list comes together like those that probably appear in those ‘your life flashed by” moments.
It was a white, snow filled morning in the suburbs. My brothers and I were off school with a snow day. We had spent the entire morning building a giant snow fort from the three feet of moist, packable snow on the ground. My brother Eric had red rosy cheeks and our feet were wet all the way through. Once we took off all of our heavy wool layers, we sat down at the kitchen table and heartily ate a hot and delicious chicken soup with alphabet pasta.
Visiting my Aunt Lynn’s house in Syracuse when I was a teen I watched her dog Muffy beg for Bubby Lilly’s excellent mushroom barley soup. The dog stood on her hind legs while Bubby Lily hummed a song to “Oh they don’t wear pants…” . Finally, when Muffy had begged enough, she was rewarded with a nice portion of soup in her dog bowl. She then greedily ate it all up with not a drop left.
The apartment in New York City’s West Village was tiny. My robin’s egg coloured walls were of heavy plaster, with old wood floors that sloped so much that there were pencils in the corners. I was constructing my first bean chilli soup. On the stove was the soup pot I had bought a few days before at the dollar store. Earlier in the day, I had counted my pennies at the D’Agastino grocery store, as I could barely afford the ingredients. The chilli came out very nice-I ate it for a whole week at my assistant design job in the garment center.
The soup was bright fluorescent green in colour. The smell fragrant, poignant, wafting up like the desperately happy feeling you have when you see the first snowdrops in February. This was the most marvellous pea soup in the universe. Perfectly balanced with the lightest, most decadent creme fraiche swirling on top. It was the dinner soup on the tasting menu for my sister-in-law’s wedding party at Gramercy Tavern. What exactly did they do in the kitchen to create this visionary richness, so fresh, beyond compare!
I hope you have enjoyed a few of my “Soup Beautiful Soup” memories. I know that you have some nice ones of your own. If you feel like sharing, please write in to the “comments” section below.
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We have covered a lot of ground in this on-line soup making workshop. You have learned about how to make healthy soups fast with our post how to use a pressure cooker, and creating your own soup stock from scratch with easy vegan soup stock. In the recipe realm we have the easy to use and adaptable low carb black bean soup and the idea that if we are really busy and can’t do a made-from- scratch soup, we can use a healthy ready made soup with a delicious five minute add on like Wild Mushroom Sofrito- Soup Add On.
Remember that I want a spoonful! If you make any recipes from L.S. Livewell tag us on instagram with @l.s.Livewell, #lslivewell, #livingwellisbest, or #soupbeautifulsoup. Check us out next week for next month’s on-line workshop about “Healing Elyxirs”. Living well is best!
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