Soup Sunday with Yasmine Perreten Shaarawi…and why I’m taking a little holiday from ISHTOAV

Here we are: Sunday. Although I can’t quite believe it.

Since I returned from Florida, the time has continued to run away with itself. And some days I don’t feel that I am making much progress with all the things I want to.

Which is why I am taking a whole WEEK of holiday from ISHTOAV. Maybe even TWO. I do have a good excuse. Honest.

My excuse is this: I am launching a website in late summer, for which this blog will be the central focus. Only trouble is – and yes, I am trying really hard to appreciate the irony – I haven’t got time to concentrate on the requisite creative process because I am too busy writing posts like this one!

So, I know it will be tough, but you’ll get by. Just remember to come back! It will be more than worth it in the end, I hope.

On to more pressing matters, I am pleased to present to you on this particular Soup Sunday, my friend and Hippocrates Health Educator colleague, Yasmine Perreten Shaarawi.

Yasmine: And the award for the most exotic name in the universe goes to...
Yasmine: And the award for the most exotic name in the universe goes to…

I know, I’ve never heard a more exotic name, either.

It’s difficult not to be envious of this highly-creative chef, as she divides her time between Egypt and Switzerland (it’s a hard life, isn’t it?). Both her heart and heritage are divided equally between the two.

Starting her career in hospitality, followed by a brief stint in computers, Yasmine soon changed direction and trained in various energetic and alternative therapies.

A qualified therapist since 1998, Yasmine is always learning new skills and treatments. Her aim is to help others find unity and inner peace on a physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological basis.

And now, she actually trains others in these many different techniques.

But without doubt, Yasmine’s principle passion is raw food, the skills of which she also holds workshops for.

Quite rightly, she is a staunch advocate of the belief that the way we eat is essential to our well-being, or lack of it.

And I can’t tell you how handy this was for me and five other health eds when it came to our Raw Food Preparation module. We had to prepare a selection of raw foods to serve 40, so it was a HUGE relief that Yasmine was on our team. Phew!

I dread to think where we would have been without her.

And here are all the places on-line where you’ll find her. Take a look:

Facebook (English):

Facebook (French):

Yasmine’s website (French):

But I can hear the sound of rumbling tummies, so I guess it’s time to reveal today’s Soup Sunday recipe, infused with typical Egyptian flavours.

And yes, raw lentil soup isn’t my norm, either, but once I get chance, I will definitely be putting my Vitamix to good use with this one. Ready in minutes!


Yasmine’s Egyptian Raw Lentil Soup

250 grams sprouted lentils

2 onions, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1 carrot , chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

½  an avocado

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1-2 tablespoons lemon  juice

Himalayan crystal salt or Tamari


Place all ingredients in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix.

Cover with water.

Process until smooth.

Adjust texture with water and seasoning to taste.

Right. I’m off. My “holiday” beckons…back on either 16 or 23 June, depending on how rapidly my creative website-planning juices flow.


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by George

I’m George Dryden - a slightly-off-the-wall-but-in-a-good-way journalist, blogger and almost-raw vegan. In April 2014, I graduated as a Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Health Institute, in Florida, USA (more about George)

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