Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sacral Chakra Sunshine Soup (say that 3x fast)

Dear Mouse,

** Warning: New Age Discourse Ahead**

What do you get when you take one Boo and add the following:

one aggressively renewed yoga practice with teacher given to standing on people
one bedtime-use mp3 of Deepak Chopra intoning chakra meditations over sitar music
several minor health issues that all seem to be localized in the, say, 'hips' area
a broken toilet
financial woes
...and a personal life that is beginning to resemble an Advanced Douchebaggery Obstacle Course?

This sentence:

"I think it's time to admit that I'm having some Second Chakra Issues."

(OK does anyone not know what that means? Pause for wikipedia visual aid...)

They have the numbers backward! Sigh. But I like this diagram.

The second, sacral, or svadisthana (thank you Deepak) chakra, is associated with the color orange, the huh come to think of it sense of taste, the mantra VAM, issues of creativity/sex/power/control/blame/guilt/finance, and is pretty much what it looks like as far as the physical body is concerned (hips, lower back, unmentionables, kidneys).

Since as usual my aim here is not to teach everyone about something esoteric and fascinating, but instead to talk some more about myself, I'll stop there. (Recipe below! Read on.)

I heard myself say the aforementioned sentence last week to visiting poet friend MM, while pensively chomping on one of her sugary, gummy-bear prenatal vitamins (what? she has a whole bag.) That night, I had a dream. In it, I was sitting by the Hudson River watching a fleet of fast-moving boats, all jetting out to (somehow) the open sea, one after another. The soundtrack (because there was one) sounded very Bollywood and synthesizer-heavy, with a female voice singing a chorus that went "Go find your water.... Go find your water", over and over. I remembered those words upon waking, and mulled them over constantly, until the day after THAT, when, an hour into yoga class, deep in pigeon pose, I heard the teacher say, "This is for your kidneys. Your kidneys are your water."

I went home, consulted google, found out that the kidneys are associated with the sacral chakra, and thought "It's on." The cure would begin with... food. (Natch.) Apparently Svadisthana responds well to liquids, sweet fruits, nuts, and of course anything orange.

Today, I made this soup and I heartily recommend it no matter the status of your Second Wheel. It's spicy, sweet, hearty, delicious, and looks like a bowl of sunshine. Loosely based on Ina Garten's "Roasted Butternut Squash Soup", it's a great way to spend a winter's lunch hour. I'd say add a loaf of crusty bread, but I'm pretty sure that's for your solar plexus.


The Boo

The Boo's 2nd Chakra Sunshine Soup


1 pckg (1.5lbs?) butternut squash cubes
1 bag (1lb? I think) baby carrots (or 1-in carrot pieces)
2 Macintosh apples
2-4 C chicken broth
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 onion
olive oil (2-3 tbsp)
salt, pepper
orange juice (to taste)

Preheat oven to 425. Chop onion and apples to one-in pieces. You can also chop the squash/carrots if they're looking too big. Put apples, squash, carrots, onions on a baking sheet (you may need two) in a single layer. Toss with olive oil. Roast for 35-45 min. Bring chicken stock to a simmer in a soup pot on the stove. When the veggies are done roasting and are very soft, puree some or all (I like a mix) in a food processor with some of the broth, then add it back to the soup pot. Add curry powder, salt, and pepper. Then add a splash of orange juice, taste, see if it needs more salt/pepper. Add more chicken broth if you want, more orange juice, whatever, to desired volume/consistency. I would caution only against adding more curry powder as it will be too much of a muchness. I also recommend a few drops of sriracha just before serving, to heat up your bowl of sunshine even more.


Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator said...

I love this post! I too blend yoga with food on my blog. I'm not sure if I've ever commented, but I am a regular reader and enjoy your writing. The soup looks great. I have several squash in the kitchen... looks like I'm making soup for my 2nd chakra!

The Boo said...

Great! Thanks for reading and let us know how it comes out.

Marisa said...

Looks delicioso. Sorry about the whole 2nd chakra thing. Hope the soup helped. Love you. -M

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic!
A wonderful recipe for impatient cooks!
It's delicious. Delicious! Came out so yummy. Thanks!

Joanie said...

I make a really similar soup to this, but instead of curry powder I use Moroccan spices - I have a pre-mixed pot that contains bits of dried apricot and date as well as cinnamon, cumin etc. A half-teaspoon of smoked paprika (the hot kind) is also amazing in there. I remember reading somewhere that orange foods are incredibly good for us because of their high levels of anti-oxidants, so I, too, self-medicate with this soup - especially in winter.