2013-02-06

Soup of the Day

There is nothing better than a home-made soup. Until recently I had never even attempted to try! Being inspired by a very good friend of mine who has 4 daughters, this soup is a combination of her creation and my own. However, you can add any vegetable you have in your fridge. In fact, the more the merrier.


First tip is start off with the hearty veggies allowing them to soften before adding things like spinach or less 'hard' ingredients. Second and most important tip is the order of your spices. This is something I learned from my cooking classes in India with Indian women. They definitely know the secrets of the kitchen. Allowing each spice to simmer on the top for a minute brings in more flavour rather than adding and stirring it in. Let it sit and brew then stir!

Here's how I got started:

1. Get a really big pot. This will give you more for tomorrow making great meals for lunch and/or dinner.

2. Fry 3 finely sliced onions with olive oil or ghee until translucent. Using 1-2 garlic gloves (diced) is also great. I have been using mustard seeds, which add another dimension to your soup (about 2 teaspoons).

3. Slice finely and add to the above carrots, beets and potatoes (if you like). Again, the combo is really up to you so be creative.

4. After these are cooked add 6-8 cups of cold, filtered water. Start adding the hearty vegetables first like the carrots, beets, parsnips, cabbage and potatoes. I used carrots, beets and later added broccoli. These were cut into small pieces. If you prefer a less chunky soap then cut the veggies into smaller wedges.

5. Let boil until these veggies are semi-soft. Nothing worse then a mushy veg so I don't overcook them.

6. Now add the less heart veggies like spinach. I also cooked quinoa and added it. I used about 1 cup.

7. Let cook and lower to simmer.

8. The best part, which gives the soup its flavour are the spices. As I mentioned, let each spice do its thing before you stir it in. This means it will sit on the top for a while and you'll see it melt. I used the following and in this order:

~ 1-2 tablespoon of sea salt
~ 1 tablespoon of fresh grounded pepper
~ covered the top layer with oregano
~ again a layer of cumin
~ another layer of curry powder
~ fresh or already grounded basil
~ small amount of ginger
~ layer of freshly grounded cloves

Remember you want each layer to sit a bit and then stir followed by the next spice.

9. Test and taste and if necessary add whatever spice you like or try something not mentioned here!

10. Bon Eating!

The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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Heather Morton
is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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