While I was in Italy this summer enjoying quantities of parmesan cheese with my dear friend JK, he mentioned that his family makes a great soup with parmesan rinds. I had veggie stock in need to a soup recipe last week and came across a cabbage soup with parmesan in the cookbook Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Here is the recipe inspired by Plenty. I must say this cabbage soup was a delicious surprise. Omit the chili if you prefer no spice, however, I believe it adds a special complexity to the flavour of the soup.
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red chili pepper, finely chopped seeds removed
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 medium napa cabbage, cut finely or shredded
1 medium potato, peeled and diced finely
4-5 cups vegetable stock
1-2 parmesan rinds
salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon to taste
In a large pot, over medium heat, saute onion, garlic and chili until soft. Add diced potato and cabbage, saute for a minute or so. Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Add parmesan rinds reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow the soup to sit covered until it comes close to room temperature. Remove and discard the parmesan rinds. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, pulse until soup is fairly smooth. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste-enjoy!
Here is great perspective from Alyssa Cohen, homeopathic doctor on how we can empower ourselves to change our energy or vibrational state and impact our moods.
I experienced singing kirtan with her in November 2012. I was clueless about kirtan, and I was carried by the enthusiasm of her invitation. I definitely felt a vibrational difference and that opened the door to many possibilities for me. An example of how keeping an open mind and supporting the art that people around you create actually creates more positive energy and learning.
A client at our gym recently asked me if I had ever made anyone throw up during a workout, as he was on the verge. I shared that I have been on the verge of being ill on many occasions during a workout and the art of being a good trainer is bringing people to that edge threshold. All effective workout programs that exist to improve fitness and produce the result of a stronger, leaner body requires the hard work of reaching your edge, your threshold. The question is finding the right program for you at the moment, so you can reach your potential, your edge and your threshold today. Even better when working out hard is made fun, educational, interesting or enjoyable-this is where all the great fitness professionals in the world can help you. I have worked with so many amazing professionals in my career that have taken me to my edge, past my current threshold and as a result, I continually expand my physical learning.
Working out to your threshold needs to be balanced with easy physical activities and adequate relaxation. Once we get going on an exercise program, it is easy to get into the mindset that more is better. Balance is best. Being consistently active is the health priority, workouts where you put in your maximal, best effort are important, and so is enjoying life and the physical activities you choose…Making Life Good.