November 2011


I’ve been thinking about Squash Soup because it’s easy to make and it’s great during a detox.  It’s filling and delicious.  I tripped over this recipe and really liked the spices in it.  I don’t know what a Red Kuri is, i’d just make it with my ol’ fave Butternut.

It makes a barrel of soup, which is handy.  It feels like you’re always cooking on a detox.  It’s perfect when you feel like having some friends over.  You can convince them that detoxing doesn’t mean subsisting on brown rice.  And you get leftovers too.  Thanks goodness it freezes well.  So make it during week one of your detox and take some out to defrost for week two.

If you’re someone who loves crunchy bread with your soup,  try brown rice cakes with hummous, mushed up avocado or butter.

Here’s the recipe with a few adjustments to make it detox-friendly:

Red Kuri Squash Soup
Serves eight to twelve, with leftovers

Ingredients
2 lb. red kuri squash
1½ c. onion, diced
2 tsp. garlic, minced
2 tbsp. butter
½ tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 c. water
2 c. vegetable stock
Salt

1. Roast the squash in a 350º oven 60-90 minutes, or until soft. When cool, scoop out the flesh.

2. Sweat onion and garlic in butter in a large pot on medium heat until soft.

3. Add the spices (cardamom, cumin, coriander, cinnamon) and white wine. Cook on medium heat until liquid is reduced by half.

4. Add squash flesh and vegetable stock.

5. Simmer on medium-low heat 30 minutes.

6. Puree the ingredients in the pot with an immersion blender (if you don’t have one, transfer in batches to a blender).

 

I find lately that my life is crazy enough that I need to do 3 things regularly to keep my cool and my sanity.   I need to exercise with some regularity.  I need to sit and follow my breath for 10 minutes every a.m. while the house is quiet, and these days, dark.  And i need to listen to good stuff while i drive to work.

Good stuff recently has been Pema Chodron CDs that were recorded during a weekend workshop that she gave called Going to the Places That Scare You.   She went through a ton of material but thankfully repeated the purpose often enough that I can recite it here – it’s about abiding with the feelings without believing your own thoughts and beliefs about them.

I love the word “abiding”.  It means lasting for a long time.  Becoming a permanent fixture.  Just hanging out rather than freaking out and pushing back against every yucky thing that happens.

Now that’s good stuff.  And exactly what i need when life is on the verge of being overwhelming at any moment. Here was something she said at the end of one CD that really struck me:

It’s not about getting it right, it’s about becoming more connected with your life and other people

Don’t believe the bullshit that you’re a failure or helpless or be embarassed about yourself.

Always realize that anything you’re feeling is a doorway to enlightenment.