Pumpkin season is here. I looked through my old SIM cards on my camera and realized that I never posted this soup I made from two years ago! Sometimes I forget certain recipes as I go through bouts of creation and then forget about posting it especially if it has gone out of season.
I've mentioned this in the past, but soups are my favorite thing to make. It's healthy. It's usually hearty. And it nourishes the soul with health and hearth in the home. At 22 I was trying to find a "home" in this world as I did not fit into traditional America. And now, at 34, I am trying to find a home in modest America, and don't really feel like I fit in anywhere in non-traditional America. Funny how things come full circle in life.
Living in Germany really affected me and was the start to transitioning into my rising sign, Cancer, which rules the home. In Vedic astrology, my rising sign in Gemini due to the 23 degree shift backwards. The interesting part I read about Gemini is that with it's two faces looking in opposite directions these people will usually experience "two lives" in this life. I thought about my nomadic 20's. As an Aquarian, I was to the "T" so Aquarius, minimalistic and nomadic. I married a Sagittarius and we trekked the globe together. Upon the break up two years ago, I knew our soul contract was over, and that we would make new homes with someone else. I lived a fun life. I am satisfied. But now, I am ready for the more traditional sense of life, which follows my north node of Taurus. Taurus is all about earth and beauty.
I was so different from my family (Taurus father, Virgo mother, Cancer sister) growing up. And now, I am becoming so much like my family. The pure irony makes me laugh. To some degree, it's my soul growth and mission. To some it may feel like going backwards, but for me it's my natural progression of learning many lessons in life - and to be grounded.
The irony of me getting into vintage clothing does fit a Taurus theme quit well, with its attraction towards beauty. Earth signs are feminine, and I am definitely rising into appreciating the beauty of the divine feminine in a not-so-modern sense.
Super Easy Vegan Apple Pumpkin Soup
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
1 can of pumpkin
4 cups water + 1.5 bouillon cubes (or 4 c vegetable broth)
1/2 cup nondairy milk (soy is a neutral choice)
1 tbsp vegan butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 large apples, chopped (used Gala)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Cook the onion with butter in a pot. After several minutes add the apples and cook for 1-2 minutes . Add all of the ingredients except the milk into the pot. Once the apples are edible and the soup fragrant (around 15-20 minutes) and remove from heat. Remove the bay leaf and then puree the soup with the nondairy milk in a blender. Adjust flavors and spices as needed.
Notes: Use pumpkin pie spice for more flavor and this is a thin soup. If you want it to be less thin, reduce the water or broth by 1/2-1 cup.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com