Today is, I have decided, a great day to be in England: the sun is shining (yes, you did read that correctly), the birds are singing, and the village church bells are ringing.
Any moment now, I’m half expecting Miss Marple to knock on the door for a good old cup of English Breakfast tea (that’s fine, as long as she takes it with rice milk).
What could be more summery than a refreshing bowl of cucumber soup on a day like this? Now I realise this may seem as alien to most of you as apple pie with gravy (I do actually know someone who eats this), but give it a whirl, will you?
This refreshing, alkalising concoction comes courtesy of Caroline Berghout, who, in line with this recently-established Soup Sunday tradition, is one of my Health Educator classmates.
Caroline is from Holland and became vegan only a year ago.
Here is what she wanted to share with all of you:
“I had continued to eat dairy and fish for many years, thinking this was not a problem. No animal suffering or health issues? Boy, was I sleeping!
“Since the blinders fell off at Hippocrates, my life has changed.
“I feel so good, and if I ever feel a less-than-happy thought, I just toss it out. It doesn’t fit my state of being anymore. That’s what plant-based eating can do for you!!
“Since studying to Hippocrates, I have become even more determined to make myself a new career so I can say farewell to my (mainstream) “healthcare” career after 30 years. (Caroline is currently a theatre nurse – ed).
“All my spare time is spent on that right now, but it feels great to know I have found something I can feel so passionate about.
“My new venture will be all about helping people to help themselves get healthier by making small or big changes in their lifestyle.
“I intend to put my focus on children and their parents, because the children of today hold the future of tomorrow. My business will carry the name “Sprout Your Life”, as will my website, once it’s there.
“I will playfully bring children into contact with sprouting seeds and other fun stuff that is food-related.
“That way, I will plant the “seeds” in their life with a positive association concerning greens. For parents or other adults, I provide a program at their home that teaches them how to make changes in their lifestyle. When the time comes, there will also be an on-line shop with sprouting gear.
“There is a lot to gain, so I look forward to getting it going!
“Admittedly, my soup recipe sounds weird, but it IS delicious. It’s not raw, but vegan, at least. Santé!”
Caroline’s Cucumber Soup
Serves 2 persons:
1 spring onion
½ tbs cooking oil (coconut, please, everyone – ed)
300ml filtered water
100ml dry white wine (optional, but very nice!)
1 veg stock/herbal broth tablet (or 2 tsp Marigold Vegetable Bouillon – ed)
1 tsp Herbes de Provence
2 tbsp vegetable ‘sour cream'(soy, rice, coconut)
Pepper and sea salt to taste
- Clean spring onion and cut in thin slices.
- Peel cucumber and grate into a bowl.
- Heat the oil and put in the white part of spring onion for 1 minute.
- Add cucumber, the water (and opt. wine), the herb tablet and herbs.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then add the “cream”.
- Season to taste and add the remaining spring onion at the last moment.
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