Recipe: Asparagus, Dill and Feta Soup
All of us have been doing this feeling/eating thing for some time now —or at least long enough to recognize the signs that tell us we are headed into the “danger zone.” Long enough to know that when we are tired, too busy, reactive, and/or not taking enough time for ourselves to just be and breathe, that we get sucked into familiar beliefs and thought patterns—those that have become our “default” setting when we aren’t coping well. We’ve also been doing this long enough to know we can change the default setting, and that our default setting is actually built on a series of erroneous beliefs and bio-chemical responses in our body.
Say you are caught up in an old identity. It’s one of inadequacy, fear, hopelessness —sound familiar? We don’t have to resist it and we don’t have to berate ourselves for feeling as such…again (“I thought I’d worked on myself —why am I still having X issue!). We just have to notice it and know that all is well. “Oh, there’s that story again!” It’s when we resist our experience that we feed the shame around it—and like anything you feed, it gets bigger over time.
But I have good news! When we can stay one part removed from this familiar set of interconnected thoughts and actions, pretty soon the story gets tired. We try and feed it, but it falls flat—our appetite for it is gone. Trust me, I tried it last night. I was out for dinner with a friend, and I found myself stuck, expressing a self-story that has long been exhausted and simply doesn’t hold up anymore because it simply isn’t true (and never was!). I put it on again, like a shirt from years ago that is comfortable in that ‘old’ sort of way, but really doesn’t fit what I know is true for me anymore. That didn’t stop me from trying to run with it (I was experiencing the above precursors to the danger zone) and it wasn’t until I came home that I realized what I had been doing, and how the whole story just felt tired and untrue. And depleting. It was time, as my one friend would say, to “Cancel!”
So if something isn’t feeling like a fit (i.e., it’s not supporting your highest truth) start asking the questions. Notice what’s going on, and when you have time for yourself, start to question whether the beliefs surrounding the behaviour, story, identity—are actually true. And then just relax into the noticing and the knowing that all is well. We have choices: we don’t need to resist what we are experiencing. Our power is in the acceptance of where we’re at, and the ability to discern what’s true from what’s not. We can identify with our power or we can identify with that old, worn-out t-shirt that fits funny. What’s it going to be? Personally, I think the power is much more becoming on you.
This is a thick, green, summery soup! I made this soup for a friend a few weeks ago, and had to make it again for myself not long after! It’s so easy and has such a fresh, understated flavour – perfect for summer when too much heat and flavour can be overwhelming. Adding the avocado, spinach, and dill at the very end preserves the nutrients and cools the soup down for summer eating done right!
Asparagus Dill and Feta Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
25 or so asparagus stalks, chopped
3 cups veggies stock
½ cup fresh dill
½ an avocado
2 cups spinach
Salt to taste
Feta (or roasted hazelnuts for straight-up vegan version)
Sauté onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until translucent. Add carrot and cook for another two minutes. Add asparagus and stock and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender or proceed using an immersion blender. Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Dish into bowls and sprinkle with feta or hazelnuts and finish with some freshly ground pepper.