My second day on the road tested my trust issues; and my distrust of those that seem like trickster personalities. The actual Rutas de Peregrino starts today and sets the precedent for the rest of the journey! Read on for more.
Recipe: Colorful Soup # 1
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. :-)
Life is so interesting right now! After two years and three months into this pilgrimage, I have come through full circle; when I did not know I was going in a circle in the first place. The beginning of this loop happened nearly three decades ago when I first found myself emotionally isolated. What I mean by emotionally isolated was that I could not relate or connect to anybody at a satisfactory level due to my limited eyesight and hearing. I would feel like I was left out of the loop, and not know what was going on at a given moment; which led to frustration, loneliness, abandonment, and being relegated to a sub-class of a group. At some point, I found ways to simultaneously numb myself of these feeling, and finding other ways to connect with other people. Now, 29 years later, I have come around again to observing the exact same issue; the exact same feelings; and another opportunity of making a choice once again. The only difference is, I am aware of more possibilities, my feelings, my story, and of myself.
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