What have we been eating lately? Lots of soup! Urbndervish was a bit under the weather, so I had to gather some herbs, take out the cauldron, and prepare a pot of healing for him. This soup really helped to relieve his head and nasal congestion. With prayer, a lot of loving care, and some healing foods, Urbndervish is well on the road to recovery. I’m amazed at how quickly he bounced back!
I used to believe the fallacy that vegan soups weren’t flavorful (especially after eating a few pots of my own flavorless soup); until I discovered that sautéing onions and garlic with some spices in olive oil can really infuse your soup with a lot of flavor. Because of my Jamaican upbringing, I couldn’t resist adding a few “dumplings” to this homemade soup. Dumplings are extremely complicated to make and you may need the supervision of your nearest Jamaican to ensure success!
Ok, so what’s in this healing soup, you ask? I’ll tell ya! By the way, if you have thyme, add a few sprigs (fresh or dried) it to the soup. I couldn’t find any in the market when I made this soup.
5-7 cloves of garlic
1 chopped, small to medium-sized onion
½ c. of chopped parsley
½ c. of chopped celery
2 c. of chopped carrots
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. ground ginger
3-5 small chili peppers
Optional: 1 tbsp. of black seed
1-2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Optional: ½ c. of flour
- Sauté onion, spices, and 3-5 cloves of smashed garlic in olive oil
- Add 4-6 cups of water
- Add parsley, celery, carrots, and whole peppers. Use your discretion with how many peppers you use because some varieties are much spicier than others or tend to burst open in the soup (like Scotch Bonnet peppers!).
- Bring soup to boil
- Making dumplings: Stir in water to the flour until you have a doughy consistency. Each dumpling requires a hearty pinch of dough: roll it between your hands and drop it in the soup. The dumplings are cooked when they rise to the top
- Allow the soup to simmer uncovered for 20 to 40 minutes
- Taste and embellish as you desire. Finely chop the remaining cloves of garlic and add to soup just before serving. Enjoy!