It's RECIPE TIME!
Please note: I have done this in freestyle, sometimes known as hippie-chow style. That means two things, I use whatever ingredients I wanted which are available; and there were no precise measurements, just lots of winging it, and TLAR style portions (That Looks About Right).
- 4 inch section leeks, thin sliced
- 1 whole purple sweet potato, cubed
- 1 large carrot, cubed
- 1 "tree" brocolli, cubed
- half stem rhubarb, sliced
- 1 cup sliced fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced
- one stem celery, sliced
- 1 orange worth of rind, including white inside, pieced
- 1 cup chopped green dandelion greens
- 4 brussel sprouts, separated into leaves
- 2 cups worth of chopped collard greens
- 1 cup worth of chopped dino kale
- 2 cups worth of sliced bok choy
- 1 cup worth of sectioned sugar snap peas
- 1 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 of a large mutant heirloom tomato
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, real salt, himilayan pink salt, or morrocan black salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of your favorite cooking oil
- 1/2 gallon water, preferably filtered real good, or better
Spoon that cooking oil into bottom of pot, coat that bottom! Turn the heat on high. Using your hand, separate and sprinkle half the leeks into bottom of pan, let those sizzle real nice until you smell the strong aroma of cooking and browning leeks. Quickly pour in water, the more dramatic the loud sizzle, the better! It actually affects the soup stock.
Bring that pot to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to medium. Add in the rest of the leeks; sweet potato; carrots; brocolli STEMS (not the florets); rhubarb; mushrooms; celery; orange rinds; and dandelion greens. Cover and let cook for an hour. Lower heat to simmer at about 15 minutes in.
Now that hour has passed, add the rest of the ingredients mixing as you add a handful of the ingredients at a time. Turn heat off. Serve. Add in those last ingredients quickly, as you want to serve soup when those last set of ingredients are at their most vivid color. This soup feeds 4 to 6 people; or 2 Peter sized portions. :-)
Soon after I came back from Standing Rock; I experienced something while I was watching videos of fracking. I had been talking to others about ways to lessen our dependence on oil when I suddenly realized just how much we consume petroleum products - plastics; processed food, hygiene, cosmetic, beauty, cleaning, storage products; utensils, toys, natural gases; medical supplies - the list goes on nearly endlessly. We spend so much of our time, energy, money into what logically seems like a miracle product; how can one single resource be used for just about everything in conventional society?! We even use this stuff extensively to protect ourselves from invading germs, virii, and bacteria in a hyper sterilizing culture! Anyways, this enormity of our dependence on such a resource led me to behold how this oil is actually part of our life energy cycle. Just as our air relationship with trees is a circuit - the tree breathes in carbon dioxide; and exhale oxygen; humans and animals breathe in that same oxygen that the trees exhales; and exhale carbon dioxide, completing the circuit. We are surrounded by life energy, which has many names such as chi, ki, prana, lifeforce, etc. It is in our air, water, earth, sun, and other living beings including plants. We use such energy all the time to be life being the process of life. According to the principles of Pranic Healing, a.k.a Medical Chi Kung; our bodies are a conduit for energy to flow through. As it turns out, we are part of a much bigger circuit where we utilize this energy; and in some cases consume it; and any energy that we exhale, exhaust, or otherwise let go of is expended or negative energy that wants to be returned to the earth. This is the same with all beings in our existence - we all take in this energy then return the resulting energy back to the earth. This energy that is around us to use, I will refer to as "light energy" for lack of a better term. The exhaled energy that wants to return to the earth shall be referred to as "dark energy", again for lack of a better term. This dark energy when returned to the earth presents itself in several ways; one of them being concentrating itself into a physical form, which is the oil that we so heavily consume. This oil nourishes the earth and the forms of life beneath the surface, and like the tree that utilizes the carbon dioxide, functions and goes on its being process using that oil. Along with the other forms of dark energy, our Earth uses it all, and the exhaled product is then brought out from under the surface as light energy, ready for us above-surface dwellers to utilize again. When I witnessed that process, it made total sense to me why we can use oil in so many ways - it is part of that SAME life energy we use, but it is not meant for us, just as breathing carbon dioxide does not work with us oxygen breathers. Whenever we consume any of this dark energy, we immerse ourselves with a bit of that "death energy" while being under the impression that we are benefiting greatly from it. While we are consuming this energy, we are depriving our Earth of this energy at the same time; which limits Her ability to provide us with that light energy we actually need to thrive. It is part of a giant earth-wide circuit and we as conscious beings are given the love and opportunity to be stewards of this process.
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