Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Melbourne Winter.... Detox Soup
Having returned from a trip up north, from the land of the stockman, cattle, coal and cotton, where I met sun-lined foreheads softened with heart-felt smiles, I decide to spend today at home. How restorative, reconstituting and necessary. I take refuge in my warm wintery home, dark and comforting.
Having prepared it last night, today I continued to consume my special "detox" soup, starting at breakfast time. The expected effects occurred without too much discomfort or disruption. By mid afternoon, I could not help but marvel at my newfound glowing complexion, "de-puffed" eyes and sense of energy and lightness. Don't get me wrong! This is not a strict detox regime. I have had my cups of milky coffee, a delicious slice of fig and walnut cake for afternoon tea, brown rice and lentils for dinner and a handful a dry cracker biscuits. However, instead of the usual breakfast, lunch and desperate lunchroom cookie jar snacks, I have consumed a super-nourishing vegetable soup, with a hint of spices . My 'detox' soup has no salt but is flavour-enhanced with a plant based, chemical free, vegan organic bouillon powder. Now, as late evening becomes night, I feel sleepy yet ready for the days ahead. The main difference I feel after my soup is a sense of lightness, free of excess fluids and associated heaviness. It makes me wonder - How much fluid retention do I carry daily? It makes me marvel at the wonderful things, the simple and delicious things that nature provides for us.
MY DETOX SOUP RECIPE
(all vegetables chopped)
1 white onion
1/3 white cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 lemon, peel and all
1 large bottle of unsalted, unflavoured tomato cooking sauce
1.5 litres of water , cold
1 cardamon seed
Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook until the cabbage and onion are transparent. (Minimum 45 minutes)
When serving, add to each bowl, 1 teaspoon of MARIGOLD BRAND Swiss vegetable Bouillon powder (vegan) to taste and
Freshly ground black pepper
If not consumed after 3 days, discard.