So you want to make the kids eat more greens. You yourself are bored with the kale and the chard in your salad day after day and you wish if only you could somehow have your greens and not feel bloated or constipated with all that iron either? Do you recollect that as a child chutneys made of fresh coriander or mint or a combination of both were a staple in India.
Or you think a green soup and you think it will have maybe blanched spinach or bok choy, which is boring. But what if we meant fresh coriander, mint, thai basil, green chillies, lemon, garlic, ginger, the nutty creaminess of cashew and melon seeds garnished with coconut cream. Seems a lot of work with the ingredient list, but its not. It is all about a quick blitz in the processes and a single boil and there you have it.
The soup requires very little cooking and will save your digestive track from over exerting while you are still recuperating from any illness or antibiotic course and still provide abundant nutrition in the spicy broth. This recipe is inspired by Heidi Swanson’s Near & Far Green Soup. If you have any nut or chilli allergies, please skip them altogether.
1 bunch mint leaves
1 bunch coriander leaves
1 bunch thai basil
4-5 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
2-3 green chillies
1/2 cup cashew
1/2 cup melon seeds
1 tin coconut milk
3 cups water
Soak the nuts for 2 hours. This helps in getting a smoother texture.
In a food processor blend the mint, coriander, thai basil, ginger, garlic green chillies and the soaked nuts. Blend till very a creamy paste is formed.
Boil 3 cups of water. once it starts boiling add the coconut milk. Turn off the heat.
Add the paste to this hot liquid. Stir and serve.
I used basil flowers and coconut milk and a squirt of lemon juice as garnish. This soup is a great base for adding vegetables and noodles for a full dinner. On its own its a great broth to ease a congestion and cold and flu symptoms.
You can also let it rest and serve cold with grated/sliced cucumber.
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Blog – I’ve spent the past few weeks, absent. In more meanings of the word than one. You know you’re doing something right when something, someone, consumes every moment of your existence. Every waking thought and feeling. Every drifted dream and sleeping movement. It’s always been that way though. I choose something, someone, to love, and allow myself to fall into complete absorption. Utter submission. Both mental and physical. That, for the most part, is the reason why commitment and I can never co-exist. I lose myself in the consummation of another. Neglect. Savagery. Desire. Its bloody work built for the brave. Stomaching the entire flesh of a person, devouring every inch of their shrunken soul. It’s no easy feat, to navigate between the impulses of passion and thirst. Creation. I starve for creation. We burn together, brilliantly. And flame with it. Until the remains of decayed being are singed blackly wax enough to bloom into a new form of heightened living. I cling to the light, the white heat found in the crevices, the cracks, the fragments of self. who would not want to read more. http://www.butterandbrioche.com/gather-autumnal-supper/
Book – A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There – Aldo Leopold – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/210404.A_Sand_County_Almanac_and_Sketches_Here_and_There
Poem -Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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– Robert Frost