Yoga may have killed my burger mojo.I know you’re listening, Elaine. It seems that I’ve lost my burger enthusiasm, which is the signature food flag I’ve been flying for years. Two days into our 40 day yoga challenge, I first felt the loss of taste for burgers but I let it pass. A week later, still not craving burgers and confused, I went to the butcher and stared lovingly at the dry aged, grass fed ground beef patties, I read menus and looked at pictures of all manners of burger from classic and diner style to gastro pub and gourmet style, hoping a spark of desire would materialize. Nothing.
We enrolled in a “fitness” challenge that I thought would be so much easier than, say, spinning, Crossfit, power yoga, running . . . you name it . . . because I thought this type of yoga, Kundalini yoga, would be easy. Or at least easier than power yoga, ashtanga yoga, etc. Instead, over the last 10 days I’ve been asked to hold my arms up, sometimes even flapping them in various positions and movements for upwards of 7 minutes, to breathe rapidly (and I mean turbo rapid) through my nose using only my belly and navel for upwards of 3 minutes, and all sorts of other contortions that are totally outside my athletic comfort zone. I’ve had my butt kicked 3 different times in the last week by 3 yogis who are over 70 years old. The good news is, though, that the movements, or “kriyas,” get you in that zone of simultaneous buzz/high and focused relaxation. I secretly love this yoga, especially at the end when lying on my back, but I’m also enjoying the singing as I’ve always wished I could sing beautifully and freely, and when you sing (or chant as it’s technically identified) with 20 others who are also exhausted and blissed out, not only is your voice drowned out but you don’t care how you sound! I’ve been buzzed out on coffee before, but with an accompanying nervous agitation, and I’ve been relaxed before, but with an accompanying laziness or exhaustion, but never buzzed and relaxed at the same time. Pretty cool. Also there’s been funny anecdotal wisdom teachings, live music, laughter, and chanting. And free hot tea afterwards, always tea.
Whether or not the two are related, since starting this yoga challenge I’ve had a craving for vegetables and hearty soups. So today I bring another soup to Fiesta Friday #47. Thank you Indu and Jhuls for hosting!!! This soup is so easy to make and marvelous with grilled cheese, quesadillas, rice or flatbread. You roast your veggies with olive oil and salt (and I like freshly ground black pepper), add broth or water, sweat a small panful of diced onion and garlic, and then throw everything together in a blender or food processor. Season to taste, add garnishes such as nuts or breadcrumbs or a cooked grain, squeeze some sriracha and/or lemon juice or vinegar, and enjoy. If you’re a purist you can use a food mill or a ricer, thereby decreasing the “foam” factor that happens when using blenders and food processors.The color is beautiful and if you are feeling creative, you can make the two purees separately and ladle them side by side with a vegetable garnish for color and textural contrast.
Have a wonderful weekend!