I can’t live here anymore.
This was declared by my husband as I walked in the door one evening. I had been battling traffic snarls and pouring rain for the umpteenth millionth time, but took a moment to set myself down to check in with him.
By here, do you mean in this tiny house?
No, I mean in the rain. I can’t take anymore rain. I just can’t take it. It’s too much.
A hot cup of tea and the soothing sounds of Star Trek reruns soon calmed him down, but I get it. I’ve heard from plenty of you that are feeling the same way. Some of us are surrounded by grey sloppy puddles, others miles of piles of white, brown, and yellow snow.
The Scullery Maid has heard your cries of ENOUGH ALREADY! and while I can’t control the weather, I can offer you a recipe that will bolster your spirits and immune system. It comes from Earth Mama Love Kitchen via Monika Carless in the Elephant Journal.
It’s easy to prepare, very filling and my husband will eat it if I keep the ingredients a secret.
GREEN GODDESS SOUP
Ingredients. (Use organic everything if possible)
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- A chunk of ginger (finger-sized), peeled
- 2 or 3 small pieces of turmeric root, peeled
- 1 fennel bulb
- 6 stalks celery
- 1 small bunch kale
- 1 small bunch parsley
- 1 cup split peas, rinsed
- 1 small bunch kale
- 1 veggie soup cube or stock
- Salt (Grey Sea Salt or Himalayan) and pepper to taste
On low heat, warm the olive oil and add minced onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric, then caramelize slowly.
Add cubed fennel and celery, and sauté for a few minutes to release flavors, adding salt and pepper. Stir in peas.
Cover with water, and add stock cube now—or instead, use organic veggie stock. You may have to add more water or stock as the peas cook and soup thickens. Best not to add too much water at once to avoid a thin soup.
Simmer until peas are soft, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, chop kale and parsley. Add to cooked soup, and puree or blend immediately. I use an immersion blender…if you don’t have one, order one on Amazon immediately. Adjust salt and pepper.
Eat slowly and dream of spring.
Head Scullery Maid
100 E Pennsylvania Ave | Roslyn, Washington