Rainy weather soup recipe!

Did you know the German word for potato is also earth apple? 


Enjoy this delicious winter soup with Leeks, Apples and Pumpkin. 

I am finally settling into my new apartment in dreamy Pacific Grove and I am on a new kick to spend and drive less! 

It was 11am right before a storm and I needed to start making a lunch. I have beautiful leeks in my fridge and I thought I'll make potato leek soup, but I did not have potatos! Just as I was walking out the door it began to rain so I retuned to make due with what I had. 

As I looked into the kitchen I saw a beautiful pumpkin left over from thanksgiving. I thought, “ thats close enough to being a potato!” So I began. 

What I love about soups are the broth. Especially when I am borderline catching a cold and am tempted to walk into a noodle bar. I am always a little worried about their ingredients though so I tend to lay off until I am totally desperate or until I make a soup of my own!

Heres the recipe for what turned out to be a beautiful Thai-like pumpkin soup. 

1. Sautee four thickly sliced stalks of Leeks in one tbs coconut oil and 4 tbs olive oil. Beware of dirt! try to cut up as much as the green stem as you can. 

2. Add any dried herbs available, sage, thyme, rosemary. 

3. One rustic apple in thick chunks, and half a small pumpkin. I can’t figure out what these guys are called, some say Hubbard, some say Golden nugget or amber cup but I am sure they are the tastiest. Almost reddish orange in color.

4. I sautéed the ingredients until glazed and added a cup of water and a tbs of himalayan sea salt. Put the lid on and let it summer. I was going to go buy a quart of Bone broth to add in but as it started raining I was discouraged. So I added another 4 or 5 cups of water and let it simmer with a few chillies I had collected from he late harvest garden. 

Upon serving I added about two shots of ginger juice which I acquired my clients at the Central Coast Juicery in Pacific Grove and one half a lemon with pulp. Then I realized I could even add some fresh cilantro which I failed to do before eating but man what a great soup! I just had to share. 

Love from the hearth <3




ps. makes four servings :)

My Childhood Dreamland

My Childhood Dreamland

I recently joined a womens photography group in Carmel, CA called PhotoSaga. Its a very diverse group of women ages 7-70 that meet up to inspire and be inspired. The group is headed by Carol Henry a very accomplished fine art photogrpher from Los Angeles who recently moved to carmel. When Carol asked me to join the goup I was very interested and after the first class I was very excited! Our first assignment was to create imagry based on our first creative memories. 

When I was little I used draw a woman with long hair in a long dress standing peacefully in a forest. My first instinct however was to photograph in my friends orchard in Big Sur. She has a beautiful flowering Plum tree that had recently caught my attention. When I called Heather she exclaimed, "Its the Plum Tree's 70th Birthday" which turns out was the best was to celebrate this tree that has given so much in 70 years. The same tree heather used to play in as a child would now inspire my own memories of childhood with a simple and romantic photoshoot of my friend Jacky, wearing my dress by cocoon in LA. There may even be an edible magazine feature on this tree so stay tuned and stay inspired!

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